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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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 The Island (Island Bay)

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, SW Coast

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 41° 20.989' S
Longitude: 174° 46.53' E

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Drive 10 min from Wellington central to Island Bay. Suit up, and start paddling

English (Translate this text in English): Drive 10 min from Wellington central to Island Bay. Suit up, and start paddling

English (Translate this text in English): Drive 10 min from Wellington central to Island Bay. Suit up, and start paddling

English (Translate this text in English): Drive 10 min from Wellington central to Island Bay. Suit up, and start paddling

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerFast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

paddle 5-600m to get to the break (fortunately not through breaking waves!)
take care - there are 3 rocks in the lneup that you need to watch out for, but its pretty obvious where they are
breaks best in a bigger swell on low tide - on smaller swells, especially if the tides in, it gets very close to the rocks
watch out for the ravenous swarm of sandflies that live on the Island and feast on surfers....

English (Translate this text in English): paddle 5-600m to get to the break (fortunately not through breaking waves!)<br />take care - there are 3 rocks in the lneup that you need to watch out for, but its pretty obvious where they are<br />breaks best in a bigger swell on low tide - on smaller swells, especially if the tides in, it gets very close to the rocks<br />watch out for the ravenous swarm of sandflies that live on the Island and feast on surfers....

English (Translate this text in English): paddle 5-600m to get to the break (fortunately not through breaking waves!)&lt;br &#47;&gt;take care - there are 3 rocks in the lneup that you need to watch out for, but its pretty obvious where they are&lt;br &#47;&gt;breaks best in a bigger swell on low tide - on smaller swells, especially if the tides in, it gets very close to the rocks&lt;br &#47;&gt;watch out for the ravenous swarm of sandflies that live on the Island and feast on surfers....

English (Translate this text in English): paddle 5-600m to get to the break (fortunately not through breaking waves!)&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;take care - there are 3 rocks in the lneup that you need to watch out for, but its pretty obvious where they are&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;breaks best in a bigger swell on low tide - on smaller swells, especially if the tides in, it gets very close to the rocks&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;watch out for the ravenous swarm of sandflies that live on the Island and feast on surfers....

Atmosphere

Spooky - a long, long way offshore, grunty waves when the swells up, unpredictable bottom shape
Great wave when its working, but you'd need to surf it a lot to really get it figured out - not exacly user-friendly!

English (Translate this text in English): Spooky - a long, long way offshore, grunty waves when the swells up, unpredictable bottom shape<br />Great wave when its working, but you'd need to surf it a lot to really get it figured out - not exacly user-friendly!

English (Translate this text in English): Spooky - a long, long way offshore, grunty waves when the swells up, unpredictable bottom shape&lt;br &#47;&gt;Great wave when its working, but you'd need to surf it a lot to really get it figured out - not exacly user-friendly!

English (Translate this text in English): Spooky - a long, long way offshore, grunty waves when the swells up, unpredictable bottom shape&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Great wave when its working, but you'd need to surf it a lot to really get it figured out - not exacly user-friendly!

General

Challenging + fun

English (Translate this text in English): Challenging + fun

English (Translate this text in English): Challenging + fun

English (Translate this text in English): Challenging + fun

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By Anonymous , 25-06-2009

Bodyboarder from Fitzroy - When out with my brother inlaw TC October 2005. He had the place wired - mind you he lived there. Can still picture you bro being the man in the lineup. Respect bro.

By Claimant! , 19-06-2007

Me in photo one - I reckon that me in Photo one. It showed up shortly after I was surfing out there on a big swell and a nasty offshore by myself (and a long charging booger). And I'm a goof so there is the extra proof. If someone else knows better then set the record straight and I'll keep my trap shut.I've ridden the island heaps and it is one of my fave wellington waves. That end section... you never know if its going to just go dry. I have fallen here straight onto dry rock off my board and boy it hurt.Anyone game for the paddle go surf it, respect the island and the life on it.

By Anonymous , 20-02-2007

- Are you sure it wasn't John?

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