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Just turn right off the Pacific Coast Highway, about 20mins north of Waihi. There is a small settlement there of mainly holiday homes. It's sign posted and easy to find.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell directionNorth, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionWest, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
Whiritoa beach is about 1km long at the most, if that. And is a steep beach that produces a shore break type wave that breaks around 20-30meters off the beach. The swell comes out of deep water pretty quick and jacks up fast so the take off is often tricky if you leave it too late.
It's just a beachie and the banks are always changing, sometimes it'll be just a closeout, but on the other hand it can have some real nice draining banks that make for some heavy tube rides. This part of the coast is really nice, especially during the summer months as the water is nice and warm for swimming etc, well worth a trip even if you don't want to surf.
It breaks whenever there is swell on the east coast, and it doesn't require much swell to produce a wave. The east coast however isn't as consistent as we'd like, hence the "sometimes break" rating.
By clarkey , 06-11-2009
epic - this beach break up there with any on the northern beaches syd .Ive spent a lot of hours this break half my life and on its day it can destroy the meanest surfer its where ive had more barrels than any where east coast a fast uncompraising churning bech brekonly other spot tairua eh boys waihi local
By G.I. Joe , 09-03-2009
Whiritoa rules - Great beachie with powerful waves and decent banks. Surfed here for the first time a few months ago and had a great time...barrel after barrel. Will come back for sure. Reminds me of Wainui Beach in Gissy. Not so sure about the comments saying that it's the best beachbreak in the BOP. Matakana, Heads and Coastlands can get pretty epic on their day.
By Anonymous , 09-07-2008
- i surfed there earlier this year it started out about 4-6 foot then within a hr it was 7-8 foot barrels that spat like beasts you cant be amature to surf it youll just drown more bodies get pulled out of that beach than anywere else on the coromandel/bop one of the guys who i was out with snapped his board in 3
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