• Activities:

    Chillin, Bodysurfing, Swimming

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

Pounders is a fun left/ right beach break that wedges off a cliff. A great place to spend the day with the family at the beach.

Pounders is located just south of La'ie Beach Park. Pounders can get big during winter months, with waves bouncing and barreling off of the cliff to the south. Mostly though, the waves are much more mellow and fun for just about anyone. If you continue to walk along the shore and round the corner, you'll find Bathtub Beach. This is a nice local beach with typically calm water due to an off-shore reef that protects it from incoming waves.

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  • Swimsuit
  • Beach gear
  • Picnic supplies
  • A good attitude in the water
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Pounders is located just outside of Laie, HI. The water is mostly frequented by middle, high school, and university students from the surrounding towns of Kahuku, Laie, and Hauula. True to it's name, when the surf is up the shore break near the rock formation can be extremely rough, with a pretty hard landing into just a few inches of water. On more mellow days it's safe for all ages to enjoy. After heavy rains the water is often murky and full of twigs, leaves, and other organic debris. The center of the beach tends to collect the most, and can get pretty dirty when you're in the water. Overall I have to give pounders 5 stars, as I've been a frequent visitor for the last several years. No other shore break in the area compares for those days when you just need to get pounded. On days when the surf is gnarly, I'd recommend inexperienced visitors to stay far away from the rocks. The currents and waves on a big day can quickly pull you into deep water, and are very challenging to navigate out of without a pair of quality bodyboarding fins. Plenty of fun to be had, just be safe and don't overestimate your swimming ability. Mahalo.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

The water looks a little dirty because it picks up some of the needles from the pine trees on the beach. Don't let that detour you, there are some fun ones to be head out there.

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

freshwater shower, cool vibe in the parking lot...this place is magic.

over 4 years ago
over 4 years ago

Grant Nyquist Admin

I'm basically awesome, more basic though

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