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Latitude: 17° 46.545' S
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Around Paparaa, check outer reefs
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name chopes rights
Wave qualityWorld Class
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionWest
Good wind directionNorth, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Towin wave. Only breaks with a typhoon coming from Samoa (West swell) with a huge swell (20 ft). Discover and surf by Poto, Raimana Van Bastoler and Manoa Drollet. It's shallow. This break may not have a reputation like its big brother Teahupoo but it can get pretty dam knarly so only dare to surf it if you have experience on your side.
Usually it's a left with S to SW swells accessible by paddle. You will be alone, all the kids stay at Paparaa beach-break. It's a big bowl with tube. Be careful at the end of the wave. The good point, if you are taken by the wave, you finish in deep water.
Give it a go lots of fun.
By fozzy bear , 19-12-2008
- there's more than one outer reef at paparaa. think 2 or 3. not sure only seen the one directly outside the beach break working. wan't big enough only 2 meters, but had fun on the sets. Super safe deep water as long as you don't bungle the takeoff.
By Anonymous , 31-05-2007
Good break when on - Very small local crowd with a sick shallow right and down the line left. Saw one day in 18 during May 2007 when it was worth the paddle out the day after a dropping SW tow in swell hit, in the early morning.
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