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OK, so its the big as sand bar at plimmerton. you know, across the road from the train station where there is a carpark. If you dont know where it is, chances are youll never see a wave there. The reason for the "experienced surfers" tick is because its such a massive paddle to get out the break.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name Lazy A
Normal lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)
Good swell directionNorthWest
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 2.5m-3m / 8ft-10ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionLow tide only
Best tide movementRising tide
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
OK, so youve seen all the windsurfers out there right? but you can actually surf this on a big as mal if you paddle right out to where the edge of channel is. It can only be surfed when the swell(not wind swell -actual base swell)is Nw and massive and the tide is low and the wind is nil. Watch out for boats and those pesky stingrays.Wear bright clothing. Oh, and watch out for out-going tides, you dont want to end up in cookstrait. You can work out where the channel is by lining up the two triangles on the hill.
This place is never surfed because if there are waves here there are more powerful waves at Titahi bay. You can stand up pretty much all the way out there as its not deep. The rides are long as on small as waves.
Its real fun if you want to practise those headstands and hang 10s. Go out there with a couple of friends if your out for the excercise rather than the wave. Its kinda cool because if there are surfable waves there, it is more than likely itll be glassy as, you can see the bottom as your riding. Ill try to get a photo for all you disbelievers.
By anonymous , 21-06-2005
- I totally agree MHL there is a bomby on the shelly bay side but this plim bar is a hoax
By MHL , 11-06-2005
- There is a bomby on the Tbay side on surfers right of the channel that breaks a bit bigger and steeper, but much shorter ride. Opposite Mana train station. Needs an incoming high and big swell. Haven't surfed it but have seen it breaking in big swells.
By anonymous , 17-05-2005
wat the fuk! - Seriously who wrote this! what plim local felt like having shits and gigs! there is no where to surf out there... maybe 5 year olds on boggie boards u got more of a chance catching a wave off the point at the fire station. ive seen shelly bay break but plim beach does not break! if ur in plimm check out blacks or pa ill throw stones at you if i ever see anyone out here. This spot is a complete hoax dont listen to it