Lahaina Harbor's lefts and rights are the two most high performance summer waves on the west side of the island. The crowd here is generally filled with some of the top talent in the area, and if you're not an experienced surfer you might want to stick to spectating. This wave is home to many contests each year and if you get the opportunity to see it break when the conditions are good, you'll immediately understand why.
Breaks: Harbor's Left, Harbor's Right
Break Type: Reef.
Best For: Advanced Surfers, longboarders, shortboarders.
Attributes: Long rides, good barrel section, classic contest wave.
Shoreline: Lahaina Harbor & Lahaina Town Seawall.
Access: Easy, paved road.
Best Swell Directions? South, Southwest.
Hazards: Shallow reef, localism, passing boats.
Where to get into the water? It is normally easiest to get in the water by jumping off the rocks at the base of the seawall that is in front of the park area and library.
"Lahaina Harbor's Rights" When its good this wave will start with a nice little barrel section before it shoulders up and then eventually walls up through the inside. The reef here is shallow and should be avoided at all costs. When you paddle back out make sure you stay out of the shipping lane (by staying on the north side of the buoys that marks the edge of the channel as you're paddling out), the Harbormasters have been known to issue tickets to surfers that have been caught obstructing the channel.
"Lahaina Harbor's Lefts" This wave can be quite a bit longer then the right if it has the right swell but it does come with its added hazards. The longer you ride this wave the shallower it gets, don't stay on it too long or you'll find yourself in a place you don't want to be and be, having to paddle back to the lineup using only your fingertips.
The Lahaina Harbor is located on the ocean side of the Banyan Tree Square in the middle of Lahaina Town. To get there in a car you will turn off of Front Street on to Hotel Street and then make a right at the stop sign. Parking can be difficult to find and if none is available on the street or in the public lot on the corner of Front Street and Prison Street then you'll most likely have to resort to a paid parking lot.
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