About Wilderness

Wildo (as it's commonly known) is a fairly wild place, both on land and in the water; many surfers have had that lost-in-the-woods feeling while attempting to hunt down a shifty, double-overhead Wilderness wall without getting caught inside. When it's small, it's a bunch of scattered little peaks, with short, bowly lefts and slightly longer, more facey rights; when it's really on, though, it's a steamrolling right reef, perfect for carving with a bigger board -- which you'll need just to get into the beasts with the 20-knot NE trades blowing side-offshore up the face as you're blindly trying to drop in. The reef is also fairly broad and sweeping, and can (almost) hold the dozens of surfers that are out here on any day there's swell. There's a semi-channel at the south end of the reef; try not to get swept too far down on your way out.

Source: Wilderness Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Fun wave to learn on if it is small but it will swat you when it gets big.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Not too bad as it's spread out.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Crowded until it gets big.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Varies from playful when small to grinding and mean when big.

Shoulder Burn

Exhausting

Light Exhausting

If it is big you better be ready to paddle.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Pretty good.

Additional Information

Hazards

Sweeping currents; find the keyhole getting back in or opt for down the beach near the wall where there is a small sandy patch free of urchins.

Access

Turn at the edge of the airport runway, go through the golf course and down the hill. Left at the ruins, dodge the puddles and mud until the path ends and you're there.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard, gun, tow

Seabed

Reef

Best Season

Late summer and fall for tropical cyclone swells but late fall through early spring for consistency.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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