Aggro crowds, dirty water, packed lineups, and no parking makes surfing Ala Moana Bowls all worth it for biggest, best shaped, barreling waves on the south shore. My friend Corinne introduced me to Bowls when I was 19 and I’ve been surfing their regularly ever since.
I love Bowls for its almost always clean shape of the waves and the never ending left. When other areas are blown out and mushy, Bowls usually isn’t. Bowls is also my wave of choice because there are so many take off spots to choose from. The break is so large and multi-dimensional there are many chances for multiple surfers to catch the same wave in different areas.
Because of the complicated aspect of Bowls, you have to really learn the wave to surf it well. You have to put your time in, like 10+ years to get recognized here as a local surfer. I’m still humbled and learning everyday I surf out at Bowls that one must climb the surf ladder to get the choice waves out here. When Bowls gets really huge I know my place, take a back seat, and let the seasoned locals and pros go at it.