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8km north of New Plymouth. Small township (15000 pop.) from shops head towards sea (opposite direction to the mountain.. lol) down at the seafront is a domain with a road along the front... follow it north for a few hundred metres... if the reef is working you'll see it breaking about 200-250 metres offshore...
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name Bell Block Bommie
Wave qualityWorld Class
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
The Shark Island of Taranaki!!! This is a very extreme wave breaking in very shallow water. Usually charged by local bogie boarders but on bigger swells becomes a stand-up spot as well. Wear a helmet! A long paddle makes this wave fairly uncrowded due to the number of other great waves available in the region with instant access. Be prepared for a twenty minute paddle out.
Locals are great, visitors welcome to share waves as long as you have respect for the locals and wait your turn... awesome views of Mt Taranaki make this a picture perfect place to surf!
By pete amor , 12-07-2006
east swells best - the reef is my fav spot-works best on big east/,s/e swells with south winds,heavy local crew-we like to moniter our waves-don't mess with the pecking order.
By magoo , 11-12-2005
bollocks - sharky,and only breaks twice a year and is usually blown out as its so far offshore and is very exposed to the wind-wouldn't bother
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