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Hawaii, HI - the Big Island Surfski


Ian Foo Downwinding


General Rental Advice

  • Kailua-Kona (west side of Hawaii, usually less windy - leeward side) - where the Queen Liliʻuokalani OC6 Races are run and where the Ironman Championship Race begins and ends.
    • Hyprnalu 75-5663A Palanai Rd. Kailua Kona,HI 96740 T: 808-990-7776 or 808-960-4667 - Surfski Rental and Lessons available. Not particularly inexpensive. Best to text to arrange for the rental (Ian Foo) (SUP, Surf Rentals and Lessons also).
  • Local Knowledge (no surfskis)
    • Hilo Hulakai Rental & Lessons - SUP, OC surfing
    • Kealakekua Bay Kona Boys SUP rentals, lessons, tours



  • North End
  • Northwest
    • Anaehoomalu Bay to Mahaiula Beach 14 miles
    • Puako Run (Wailea Bay) - Men's Journal Description
    • Waikoloa video “ if you live in waikoloa you'll notice that the winds are very weird. where the wind is one place is totally different 2 miles down the road… for us, July to the end of the year is always the best for this run.” - JF808 on
  • West

Waikoloa Downwinding (click to zoom) photo: JF808



  • Hilo Bay as you can read in the trip report below, there are sometimes waves out in the bay that can provide long, fun rides. Be careful, as always, about riding waves too close to where they break before you try to peel off.



Robert Stehlik: “Hawaii’s location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and its predictable pattern of Easterly (&NE) trade winds make it ideal for downwinders…. The trade winds are most consistent in the summer months and can also be very good in spring and fall. Trade winds are least consistent in the Winter months (November through February), when they are often replaced by Kona wind and variable winds…”

Trip Reports




  • HIPA Hawaii Island Paddlesports Association
  • Moku O Hawai'i Association of canoe clubs on Hawai'i

Other Islands

Uncommon Strong/Challenging Downwind Conditions on Southside