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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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 Gizzy Pipe

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, East Cape

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 38° 40.392' S
Longitude: 178° 0.022' E

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5 minute drive from the middle of Gisborne city

English (Translate this text in English): 5 minute drive from the middle of Gisborne city

English (Translate this text in English): 5 minute drive from the middle of Gisborne city

English (Translate this text in English): 5 minute drive from the middle of Gisborne city

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

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Pollution

 Additional Information

Best at low tide as high tide makes the wave quite fat. Can really turn on the goods when a big south swell hits and a NW wind is blowing off the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Best at low tide as high tide makes the wave quite fat. Can really turn on the goods when a big south swell hits and a NW wind is blowing off the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Best at low tide as high tide makes the wave quite fat. Can really turn on the goods when a big south swell hits and a NW wind is blowing off the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Best at low tide as high tide makes the wave quite fat. Can really turn on the goods when a big south swell hits and a NW wind is blowing off the beach.

Atmosphere

Fun left and right hand beach break, very close to town and can get very good especially in winter when most of the south swells hit Gisborne.

Low tide can serve up some nice barrells and crowd is usually not too bad. Like most of New Zealand locals are generally friendly if you share the waves around and wait your turn.

Pipe is popular with everyone and is often a venue for local and national contests.

English (Translate this text in English): Fun left and right hand beach break, very close to town and can get very good especially in winter when most of the south swells hit Gisborne.<br /><br />Low tide can serve up some nice barrells and crowd is usually not too bad. Like most of New Zealand locals are generally friendly if you share the waves around and wait your turn.<br /><br />Pipe is popular with everyone and is often a venue for local and national contests.

English (Translate this text in English): Fun left and right hand beach break, very close to town and can get very good especially in winter when most of the south swells hit Gisborne.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Low tide can serve up some nice barrells and crowd is usually not too bad. Like most of New Zealand locals are generally friendly if you share the waves around and wait your turn.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Pipe is popular with everyone and is often a venue for local and national contests.

English (Translate this text in English): Fun left and right hand beach break, very close to town and can get very good especially in winter when most of the south swells hit Gisborne.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Low tide can serve up some nice barrells and crowd is usually not too bad. Like most of New Zealand locals are generally friendly if you share the waves around and wait your turn.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Pipe is popular with everyone and is often a venue for local and national contests.

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By anonymous , 30-06-2005

gissy pipe - be aware of the pipe locals (tsol)respect them and they will respect you.

By A crowd coming your way ... , 23-12-2004

Shot - Lo folks, Thanks to the dude for putting up this lovely info ... coming to steal some of your waves soon ! :)Anyways see you guys in the water.

By Poo Pipe , 11-06-2003

Gisborne not Gisbourne - Don´t wanna be padantic but I see on all the maps on thias site that Gisborne has been mispelt. Aside from this, Gissy pipe is an extremely consistent wave and generally always has a good right and left hander in any swell from the south. The town beaches are a lot safer and a good place to learn to surf. Most of Gissy´s best had there first years in the water there. When the ´Pipe´ is on however, unless you know what you are doing I would advise you stick to the other end of the beach closer to town away from the crowds. On a good day here out of towners will have trouble getting waves from the t.s.o.l crew and Rod & the Rod Squad.

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