The inside and outside of Mikado are so different they are really considered two different spots. Outside Mikado is a fast and section-filled wave that closes out at the end over some pretty uneven reef. The wave is one of the more powerful in the area, so you definitely want to watch this wave break a time or two before dropping in and charging down the line toward that reef. The wave increases in size and speed as it moves inside, meaning a great wave for power surfers, but the scattered reef makes it really hard to surf when crowded.
Outside Mikado tends to typically range between 2-8 feet, but receives a good amount of swell—which it handles pretty well. The wave is best at mid to high tide, during a southeast or southwest swell, when the winds are either calm or lightly blowing from the north or northwest. The fewer people at this spot the better, although if it is crowded there is usually a phantom left nearby with long streaking sections and occasional barrels that lights up with big swell.
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