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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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 Whakatane heads

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, Coromandel

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drive out to the whakatane heads and park your car, paddle out the river, watch out for boats and logs

English (Translate this text in English): drive out to the whakatane heads and park your car, paddle out the river, watch out for boats and logs

English (Translate this text in English): drive out to the whakatane heads and park your car, paddle out the river, watch out for boats and logs

English (Translate this text in English): drive out to the whakatane heads and park your car, paddle out the river, watch out for boats and logs

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeRivermouth

DirectionRight

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionEast, NorthEast

Good wind directionSouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)

 Additional Information

holds a big swell, theres a short hollow left into the river, you can see it on yr way out...otherwise its a down the line walling right.....needs a huge swell to really turn it on

English (Translate this text in English): holds a big swell, theres a short hollow left into the river, you can see it on yr way out...otherwise its a down the line walling right.....needs a huge swell to really turn it on

English (Translate this text in English): holds a big swell, theres a short hollow left into the river, you can see it on yr way out...otherwise its a down the line walling right.....needs a huge swell to really turn it on

English (Translate this text in English): holds a big swell, theres a short hollow left into the river, you can see it on yr way out...otherwise its a down the line walling right.....needs a huge swell to really turn it on

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By Anonymous , 01-03-2009

Heavy - This wave is one of the bowlyest heavy waves on its day has no forgiveness. can also be sick on a dead low smaller tide!

By anonymous , 25-09-2005

seriously good wave - there are many lame/hoax waves in this area but whakatane heads right hander is a real quality wave. only breaks in cyclone swells and for a short time after local storms. need some balls to paddle across to the lineup when the river is in flood. strong local scene.

By anonymous , 22-09-2005

Fond memories - Surfed it in 1970's, biggest 8' ,powerful wave bowls up over the reef, good sections, steep drop,what a beauty!

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