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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Tahai

Easter

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North of Hangaroa (check the map)

English (Translate this text in English): North of Hangaroa (check the map)

English (Translate this text in English): North of Hangaroa (check the map)

English (Translate this text in English): North of Hangaroa (check the map)

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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 Additional Information

Tahai has powerfuls rights. Works best with a big NW swell. It breaks in deep water

English (Translate this text in English): Tahai has powerfuls rights. Works best with a big NW swell. It breaks in deep water

English (Translate this text in English): Tahai has powerfuls rights. Works best with a big NW swell. It breaks in deep water

English (Translate this text in English): Tahai has powerfuls rights. Works best with a big NW swell. It breaks in deep water

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Tahai
Easter Island

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Easter Island

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Easter Island

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By Roger , 24-12-2004

30 foot + - I went to spend one week in this island and found Tahai flat. Next day, early morning a 6'swell came in, and we had about one hour surf till it raised to 10 feet plus. It became too insane and dangerous. We've got out of the water for lunch. Later, from the bed and breaky home we where, we felt the ground shaking like an small earthquake. The lady-owner told us that it was because the waves were too big. When we went out to check the surf, we couldn't beleive our eyes. The Island seems like a ship floating on a huge sea, and Tahai was breaking in the middle of the ocean, huge and absolutelly perfect, like jaws or Maverick in their best days. The local fishmen told us it was over 10 metres. Next morning was 5, and by afternoon all left was a beautiful sunset.This wave is incredible, but there is no beach in front of it. Only big rocks. If it gets big, it becomes almost impossible to climb the rocks back to shore, and the island closes out for maritime acess. Only jet-skis can make it.Easter island waves are one of the best in the world, even better than tradictional big spots, but, I have to say, when it is big it scares the shit out of you.Not for beginner at all.

By anonymous , 24-02-2004

Right????? - Hell, looks to me like you might could go left.

By Ioan Haumoana, tepitokura@hotmail.com , 20-08-2003

I live there - I was born there and I know how powerful and gnarly Tahai might become any given day. I've surfed a lot of times and every times has been totally insane. Besides those huge waves the place is surrounded by an incredible scenery and it's one of the best spots to seen the sunset. Lan Chile is the carrier and the summer (december throug march) is the busiest season pack of tourist. One can either fly from Chile or Tahiti depending where one comes from and deals can be found for $1200

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