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drive east to motu river mouth, you can see the waves from the road
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthEast
Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide position
Best tide movement
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
the bottom is made up of small rocky pebbles they make a lot of noise when youre in the pit....the photo shows the head of the river mouth, the main break continues after this down the river bar for a long long way
By kawerau surfer , 27-07-2005
Good break - Inconsistent wave; used to be a few noahs hanging around too!
By anonymous , 28-04-2005
best barrel of my life - the motu would have to be one of new zealands sickest waves when its on. the second time i went there got the first double two second barrel of my life and its true u can here the river stones buzzing beneath u bloddy brilliant, a true east coast gem. cant wait to get back there as im now stuck in bondi australia still good waves but not what the motu gave up on that epic day amped to see it fire again.
By anonymous , 07-09-2004
very very inconsistant - breaks rarely and when it does have its day its generally crowded... butthat said and done sick wave
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