This long left-hand reef break fires a surfer like a cannon—hence the name. It’s a dangerous reef, and strong rips make this an experts-only wave.
One of the fastest and hairiest lefts on Kauai, this fantastic break is a long walling wave with a steep drop-in, a U-shaped face, and a uniquely long, straight barrel. It has a kick-blow action like a cannon going off, forcing you out and down the line. The takeoff here is very close to bare dry coral reefs—a hair-raising speed wall down through a pipe that blasts right next to the rocks and ends in a sand-and-coral-bottomed barrel or at times a continuous barrel to the beach. You need to tuck under the lip and out through the hole to survive. Surfing here is a question of guts: The reef and rocks are right up front, and the danger increases with the wave height. The bigger it gets, the thicker and heavier the lip, and the scarier and heavier it is to surf. You’ll also find a smaller beach break here, which gets dangerous very easily.
Best Boards: Shortboards and guns.
Princeville, HI - Surfing - Trail Length: