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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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 Bell Block Reef

New Zealand, New Zealand NI, West Coast Taranaki

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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...

English (Translate this text in English): 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...

English (Translate this text in English): 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...

English (Translate this text in English): 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

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Bell Block Bommie

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks

 Additional Information

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

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!

English (Translate this text in English): 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!

English (Translate this text in English): 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!

English (Translate this text in English): 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!

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By Anonymous , 01-03-2008

Bell Block Reef Riderz - sickest wave ever

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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