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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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 Papeete Harbour

French Polynesia, Tahiti

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 17° 32.077' S
Longitude: 149° 35.066' W

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 Access

Just at the end of the jetty at the entrance of the Harbour.

English (Translate this text in English): Just at the end of the jetty at the entrance of the Harbour.

English (Translate this text in English): Just at the end of the jetty at the entrance of the Harbour.

English (Translate this text in English): Just at the end of the jetty at the entrance of the Harbour.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Good wind directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Pollution
- Sharks

 Additional Information

The left is only working with a big north swell. The right is working even the swell is small. The right is dangerous because of the shallow water (a young bodyboarder died here in 1996 : he hit the bottom).
In fact, the only real interest of the spot is that it's a very good indicator to know where to surf.
If only the right is breaking : the swell is small and from N to NE, go to the North coast.
If the right and the left are breaking : the swell is big and from NW to NE, take your gun and go to the North coast.
If only the left is breaking : the swell is big and from W to NW, go to the South West coast (Tapunaa will have difficulty to work).

English (Translate this text in English): The left is only working with a big north swell. The right is working even the swell is small. The right is dangerous because of the shallow water (a young bodyboarder died here in 1996 : he hit the bottom).<br />In fact, the only real interest of the spot is that it's a very good indicator to know where to surf.<br />If only the right is breaking : the swell is small and from N to NE, go to the North coast.<br />If the right and the left are breaking : the swell is big and from NW to NE, take your gun and go to the North coast.<br />If only the left is breaking : the swell is big and from W to NW, go to the South West coast (Tapunaa will have difficulty to work).

English (Translate this text in English): The left is only working with a big north swell. The right is working even the swell is small. The right is dangerous because of the shallow water (a young bodyboarder died here in 1996 : he hit the bottom).&lt;br &#47;&gt;In fact, the only real interest of the spot is that it's a very good indicator to know where to surf.&lt;br &#47;&gt;If only the right is breaking : the swell is small and from N to NE, go to the North coast.&lt;br &#47;&gt;If the right and the left are breaking : the swell is big and from NW to NE, take your gun and go to the North coast.&lt;br &#47;&gt;If only the left is breaking : the swell is big and from W to NW, go to the South West coast (Tapunaa will have difficulty to work).

English (Translate this text in English): The left is only working with a big north swell. The right is working even the swell is small. The right is dangerous because of the shallow water (a young bodyboarder died here in 1996 : he hit the bottom).&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;In fact, the only real interest of the spot is that it's a very good indicator to know where to surf.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If only the right is breaking : the swell is small and from N to NE, go to the North coast.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If the right and the left are breaking : the swell is big and from NW to NE, take your gun and go to the North coast.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If only the left is breaking : the swell is big and from W to NW, go to the South West coast (Tapunaa will have difficulty to work).

Atmosphere

If you here to surf: go elsewhere. The spot is only for people who can't go outside of Papeete

English (Translate this text in English): If you here to surf: go elsewhere. The spot is only for people who can't go outside of Papeete

English (Translate this text in English): If you here to surf: go elsewhere. The spot is only for people who can't go outside of Papeete

English (Translate this text in English): If you here to surf: go elsewhere. The spot is only for people who can't go outside of Papeete

General

Bof, I used it just to know where to surf.

English (Translate this text in English): Bof, I used it just to know where to surf.

English (Translate this text in English): Bof, I used it just to know where to surf.

English (Translate this text in English): Bof, I used it just to know where to surf.

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By Xav' , 14-09-2006

bien méchant qaund même - juste pour rajouter que cette vague marche enormement lors de la période de houle de nord sois environ sur 5 mois, et que la particularité c'est qu'il n'y a vraiment pas de fond...dc peu de surfeurs car les derives cassent parfois...mais pour le reste c'est une vague qui est power comme on dit!! il faut aimer le risque...sinon il y a la vague de l'autre coté de la passe!

By tahitiansurfer , 11-10-2004

sometimes it's cool.... - Sometimes this wave can give 1m50 waves, I've got one of my best friend living on a boat at he marina close to it, and he often surfed there, you can get barrel, for sure, but wait for the good day, from the house I lived for 17 years i saw the waves, and it's a good indicator as said, when the left is big, you see foam on the reef and waves breaking close to the let buoy, go to the north coast, but avoid venus point, ity's gonna be to big, papenoo is good for every level....

By anonymous , 05-01-2004

no title - look at it man its fucking shallow a few inches at the most u somehow mess up ur gonna get hurt.

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