Saturday, March 1, 2008: Makaha Beach, Ehukai Beach Park
Makaha Beach is located in Wai'anae, Hawaii on the west side of the island of O'ahu. It's a classic right point break that, during the winter, swells get from 3-30 feet. By 9:00 a.m. the air and water temp are 74 degrees. Sunny, clear, and glassy. It's known for it's rights and it's localism. Shortly after my paddle out i was greeted by Bruce, the local sheriff, board shaper, and stand-up paddle boarder with a, "so, where are you from"? It was almost friendly.
Waist to head high, clear water, without too much traffic. As the wave sets up the clear water gives you a good look at the reef and other sharp things below.
After the morning session I made an attempt at driving north on highway 93 around the northwestern tip of the island through Ka'ena Point Natural Area Reserve. Rutted, unimproved roads quickly gave way to a foot path which forced me to turn around and try a more civilized route. The four wheel driving is fun but very technical here and unless you're on foot or dirt bike is impassable due to cliff erosion.
A short lunch at Kua Aina and then off to Ehukai Beach Park. Ehukai is a great shore break within paddling distance to the right of Banzai Pipeline. I stayed as far right as possible to get a better feel for Pipeline. The current here is strong making it a constant fight to stay on the peek. I haven't surfed since i broke my last board and felt every day of it.