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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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 Bowentown Bar

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, Coromandel

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 Access

Head towards Waihi beach (8km east of Waihi). Turn right at the roundabout as you come into Waihi beach (it's signposted as "Bowentown"). Drive straight all the way for about 7km and you'll get to a camping ground by the headland. Drive down the camping ground access. You can park your car here and walk over to the beach. If the bar's working you'll see it breaking to your right quite far out. Paddle out!

English (Translate this text in English): Head towards Waihi beach (8km east of Waihi). Turn right at the roundabout as you come into Waihi beach (it's signposted as "Bowentown"). Drive straight all the way for about 7km and you'll get to a camping ground by the headland. Drive down the camping ground access. You can park your car here and walk over to the beach. If the bar's working you'll see it breaking to your right quite far out. Paddle out!

English (Translate this text in English): Head towards Waihi beach (8km east of Waihi). Turn right at the roundabout as you come into Waihi beach (it's signposted as "Bowentown"). Drive straight all the way for about 7km and you'll get to a camping ground by the headland. Drive down the camping ground access. You can park your car here and walk over to the beach. If the bar's working you'll see it breaking to your right quite far out. Paddle out!

English (Translate this text in English): Head towards Waihi beach (8km east of Waihi). Turn right at the roundabout as you come into Waihi beach (it's signposted as "Bowentown"). Drive straight all the way for about 7km and you'll get to a camping ground by the headland. Drive down the camping ground access. You can park your car here and walk over to the beach. If the bar's working you'll see it breaking to your right quite far out. Paddle out!

DistanceDay trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

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

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

Don't surf it on an outgoing tide, or you may find yourself half-way out to sea. Because it's close to a large estuary there are a lot of rips.

English (Translate this text in English): Don't surf it on an outgoing tide, or you may find yourself half-way out to sea. Because it's close to a large estuary there are a lot of rips.

English (Translate this text in English): Don't surf it on an outgoing tide, or you may find yourself half-way out to sea. Because it's close to a large estuary there are a lot of rips.

English (Translate this text in English): Don't surf it on an outgoing tide, or you may find yourself half-way out to sea. Because it's close to a large estuary there are a lot of rips.

Atmosphere

I haven't actually surfed it yet, but I've checked it out and seen it breaking about 200 metres offshore. It was peeling right for quite a way and looked fairly fast and gnarly. The paddle out looks like quite a mission, 'cause you have to paddle out through the beach break first. Unless of course you can find a channel.

English (Translate this text in English): I haven't actually surfed it yet, but I've checked it out and seen it breaking about 200 metres offshore. It was peeling right for quite a way and looked fairly fast and gnarly. The paddle out looks like quite a mission, 'cause you have to paddle out through the beach break first. Unless of course you can find a channel.

English (Translate this text in English): I haven't actually surfed it yet, but I've checked it out and seen it breaking about 200 metres offshore. It was peeling right for quite a way and looked fairly fast and gnarly. The paddle out looks like quite a mission, 'cause you have to paddle out through the beach break first. Unless of course you can find a channel.

English (Translate this text in English): I haven't actually surfed it yet, but I've checked it out and seen it breaking about 200 metres offshore. It was peeling right for quite a way and looked fairly fast and gnarly. The paddle out looks like quite a mission, 'cause you have to paddle out through the beach break first. Unless of course you can find a channel.

General

The time I checked it out, the wind was a little sideways. I think with a decent clean swell and the right wind, this place would really be going off.

English (Translate this text in English): The time I checked it out, the wind was a little sideways. I think with a decent clean swell and the right wind, this place would really be going off.

English (Translate this text in English): The time I checked it out, the wind was a little sideways. I think with a decent clean swell and the right wind, this place would really be going off.

English (Translate this text in English): The time I checked it out, the wind was a little sideways. I think with a decent clean swell and the right wind, this place would really be going off.

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By Anonymous , 06-09-2010

Its all good - the locals arnt that bad, aint a place for learners, strong paddeling is required, but worth it, just pays to know what your up to in the water, and be nice, most guys are friendly, around 15 chaps on a good day, during the week day 9-5 no one in lineup

By anonymous , 18-02-2006

Gnarly - Surfed out there!! Gnarly!!! Sharks! strong current!!! Heavey shallow waves!!! Gaurded by the locals which aren't to be messed with!! Dont go if you value your life thats all i can say!!

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