The Wall, Alligator
Hotels and Places To Stay Near The Surf
Rock, North Shore
right-hand pit located on the Waimea side of the
north shore. Doesn't start breaking 'till at least
"four feet" and even then it can be
very frustrating as the wave will pop up and temp
you only to have you paddle madly as the wave
backs off. At six feet on a west swell the outer
reef will focus the wave energy onto the inner
ledge at aligator proper. This causes the wave
to horseshoe around the reef and throw out into
an "A-frame" that will gladly let you
identify the surfers at "marijuana's"
on the opposite side of the peak as the wave pitches.
At six to eight feet this wave will get the adrenaline
glands going as waves stack on the horizon as
they hit the outer reef attempting to break and
then disappear into deeper water and then reappear
as a guttering bowling peak that is nothing less
than top to bottom. With a heavy verticle drop
in the pit and a long grinding ride into the channel
the wave at alligators is not for the timid, the
shy or people who in general are not used to seeing
large volumes of water in motion. However for
those that want a challenging wave with a bit
of juice and don't like the ridiculous board lengths
found at sunset this wave will deliver.
"leftovers" and "alligator rock"
directly out from the channel that separates the
two is a large patch of elevated reef triangular
in shape about a quarter of a mile out. This is
the same reef that focuses wave energy onto the
inner breaks depending on swell angle form the
north or west or north-west. In any case when
large swell over ten feet start battering the
inner breaks under a seething mass of white water
the outer reef here begins to show itself. At
ten feet its a slam of wave mush. At 15ft from
the north the wave will begin to actually peel
and at 20ft from the north the wave turns into
a 200 yard right-hander that is without a section.
As west swells don't do much except drop a 20ft
wave at once, a north or even the misto north
north-east large swell will make this wave world
class. Unfortunately this wave has proven difficult
to paddle into and has become semi-known as a
"tow-in" spot so you might want to attempt
this wave with a jet ski.