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Latitude: 17° 38.04' S
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From Papeete, take the main road to the south in the diraction of Punaauia. Turn to the 'Museum of Tahiti' and park at the museum. The spot is on the reef outside (around 500m outside).
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide position
Best tide movement
- Rips / undertow
Over 8' - 9', the spot is dangerous because there's a strong rip out to the Pacific ! (2 deads in 1995).
ha ! dolphins are in the area, waves are powerful and hollow.
The wave can be tricky and vicious.
By anonymous , 20-10-2005
but..... - i think taapuna needs a bit more level than sap when SW: the big wall is wordless in taps when u take off......
By stephane06 , 20-09-2004
- Sapinus is a very good wave. The beach break is not very interesting but the reef is powerful, hollow, fast with 3 sections. The first one breaks on big conditions, the second and third one more frequently. The Third one is very fast and hollow. Experienced surfers only as it is powerful, tubes, and fat. I do not live in Tahiti but I have spent nearly all my holidays in Sapinus. It is dangerous but very good. Not everybody can ride Teahupoo!!!!
By Frans182 , 02-09-2004
he's kidding... - Don't listen to Taapuna, Sapinus is a very good spot.I used to live near the spot you call " Sapinus beach break", ( we call it "l'embouchure") and I rode Sapinus very often. Beginners can try sapinus but it's dangerouse. Okay this is not Teahupo'o but it's as good as Taapuna !
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