China Walls on Oahu, Hawaii is one of the most epic and dangerous surf spots in Hawaii as surfers glide past huge rock walls during each ride.

China Walls on Oahu, Hawaii

A beautiful, wavy rock formation is a ledge of activity on the edge of the ocean in Portlock, Oahu. During the summer months, the surf can pick up at China Walls and when it does a crowd flocks to the area to watch brave surfers push their limits in some of the most dangerous waves I have seen.

The waves may not be quite as big as pounders at Pipeline or the huge swells at Waimea but China Walls is frighteningly dangerous for another reason. Surfers are catching waves only yards from the dangerous rock wall; as soon as a surfer catches a wave they need to cut left quickly to avoid pulverizing themselves into the jagged edges of the rock piles.

This action makes for amazing viewing, particularly because it is one of the few spots you can watch and film suffers from only a few yards away while they catch a wave. No telephoto lenses are required to capture these brilliant surfing moments. I filmed this entire video on a 16-35mm and 55mm lens.

On a flat day hoards of college and school kids head to China Walls to flip off the rock wall and then clamber out with relative ease. However, on a big day like this, you can find yourself in trouble either out in the waves or as your risk of being swept off of the rocky ledge as you are climbing out.

Just around the corner from China Walls is the infamous Koko Head Hike. It’s made many tourists cry and wish they never came to Oahu!

How to get to China Walls on Oahu, Hawaii






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