I've never been out to big Waimea, and I don't ever plan to-I'll leave that to the experts with the proper equipment. Just going out to medium size "Pinballs" is a little spooky already. You are near the rocks, you never know if a real Waimea size wave might come rollin in, and the drop is fast and steep. Near the beach is a lot more safe, if you call being drilled into the sand by a large closeout wave safe. Waimea is a cool place, with a huge beach with a lot of waves and places to explore. Check out these pictures, Pipeline area was too big and out of control and Waimea is just starting to show a little size.
Waimea Bay


These guys got a perfect campsite overlooking Waimea.

Bodyboarding these waves calls for selecting the
right wave at the right time.

This "Pinballs" wave looks just perfect doesn't it. A little
intimidating though when you are the only guy out and you know
there might be a real big wave coming at any time.

Bodyboarders like the quick tube ride right near the shore where
all their buddies can see them.

Setting up for the inside closeout.

ellow day at Waimea with Pipeline and Sunset Beach real big.

At one time, big rocks from the cliff on the right fell onto the
road and they had to close the road and build a temporary road
through the sand on the beach! They then reinforced the cliff
area so hopefully that wouldn't happen again.

A good view of the average size closeout you can expect when
the waves at Waimea start getting a little bigger.

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