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Latitude: 35° 10.21' S
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WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Wave qualityTotally Epic
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movement
Week crowdFew surfers
This is the epic wave at Shipwreck Bay that everyone talks about. It starts way, way up the 1st point about 1km or so, where you can paddle out at the top from a small beach, as long as it isn't huge.
It needs low tides and a really solid SW swell to even break, with SW winds. It breaks very fast, hollow, and hard for about 500m+, kind of like a reverse J Bay, before fattening out in Shipwrecks Bay, which is really a separate and much slower (2 or 3 star) wave, closer to the township and the carpark. You can get a ride up to nearly 1km on a big day, if you're lucky.
There are several other good point-break waves further round the 7km cape, but access is very difficult. Various NZ surf guides you can buy in surf stores describe all these, so they are no big secret.
I don't know how big it can hold out here, probably best at a solid 4-8 feet, (when the ocean charts will show almost double this).
World class, epic, very fast, powerful, long left point. Needs a big swell and low tides to work properly. 500m+ hollow rides.
Awesome. Some say one of the world's best pointbreaks, but needs a big SW swell to work. NZ surf guides all describe it, so its no big secret.
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