About Kaiser's

Kaiser's is the easternmost surf spot on the Ala Moana reef area. It is very shallow and always has an aggressive crowd. The wave offers a steep, fast, bowly right that will throw a good barrel section off the peak and is fun to backdoor. There is also a decent left, which is usually a little more slopey and will often end in a closeout on the inside, leaving you to negotiate whitewash with very little water between you and the sharp reef. The right, however, spills into a channel, allowing for an easy paddle back out. On the biggest swells, the channel will begin to close out, so beware.

Source: Kaiser's Surf Guide at Surfline

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Best suited for good to advanced surfers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Very intense and competitive. Be cool, fool.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Always crowded and intense

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Shorter ride, but offers great bowling barrels.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Long paddles to and from beach, but not bad once you're out there.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Clean for the most part, but most of Hawaii's population lives on the South Shore of Oahu. Tons of people.

Additional Information


Shallow reef, powerful waves, intense crowd.


Easy. Walk the east breakwater by Ala Moana parking lot to end and paddle out through the channel. Or paddle from the little beach near parking lot across the reef platform (a little sketchy on low tide).

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard, fish



Best Season

Summer. From around April through October.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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