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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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 Papatowai

New Zealand, New Zealand SI, Far South

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 46° 34.685' S
Longitude: 169° 28.402' E

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Between Papatowai and Tautuku on the Southern Scenic Route

English (Translate this text in English): Between Papatowai and Tautuku on the Southern Scenic Route

English (Translate this text in English): Between Papatowai and Tautuku on the Southern Scenic Route

English (Translate this text in English): Between Papatowai and Tautuku on the Southern Scenic Route

DistanceWeek-end trip

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Private access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Skeleton Point

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityTotally Epic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand

PowerPowerful

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West

Swell sizeStarts working at 2.5m-3m / 8ft-10ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over

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Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Atmosphere

This wave is definitely a hard-core tow-in wave, although several locals paddle into it. Papas breaks with size several times a year but usually also has gale-force cross shore winds. The session in the photos is thought to be the biggest waves ever ridden in New Zealand with RCJ and Tony Ray comparing it to a Mavericks.

English (Translate this text in English): This wave is definitely a hard-core tow-in wave, although several locals paddle into it. Papas breaks with size several times a year but usually also has gale-force cross shore winds. The session in the photos is thought to be the biggest waves ever ridden in New Zealand with RCJ and Tony Ray comparing it to a Mavericks.

English (Translate this text in English): This wave is definitely a hard-core tow-in wave, although several locals paddle into it. Papas breaks with size several times a year but usually also has gale-force cross shore winds. The session in the photos is thought to be the biggest waves ever ridden in New Zealand with RCJ and Tony Ray comparing it to a Mavericks.

English (Translate this text in English): This wave is definitely a hard-core tow-in wave, although several locals paddle into it. Papas breaks with size several times a year but usually also has gale-force cross shore winds. The session in the photos is thought to be the biggest waves ever ridden in New Zealand with RCJ and Tony Ray comparing it to a Mavericks.

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Chronic.

English (Translate this text in English): Chronic.

English (Translate this text in English): Chronic.

English (Translate this text in English): Chronic.

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By sam , 02-02-2009

Brad - hey man i go down there heaps wev got a hell crew and always meet up with the dunnos tow crews, tow or paddle ur call. email me if ur serious asbout ut, cheer

By Anonymous , 27-10-2008

Guy below this - Hey dude leave ya email, ill get in contact.I live in North island. Im keen as to hit it next easter winter, wenever the forecasts looking spot on. Cheers
Brad

By Anonymous , 21-07-2008

papas - I want to surf this wave. serious, any1 have any connections? im in aust tasmania perhaps could do some wave trading (stern)? please just serious responses.

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