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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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 Porpoise Bay

New Zealand, New Zealand SI, Far South

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Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 46° 39.263' S
Longitude: 169° 6.3' E

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 Access

Take the highway towards the southern scenic route towards the catlins coming form invercargill or Dunedin, follow the signs for curio bay, you'll find it, there are multiple car parks, a big one at the end on the headland by the fossil forest, or mutiple little ones along the back of the dunes.

English (Translate this text in English): Take the highway towards the southern scenic route towards the catlins coming form invercargill or Dunedin, follow the signs for curio bay, you'll find it, there are multiple car parks, a big one at the end on the headland by the fossil forest, or mutiple little ones along the back of the dunes.

English (Translate this text in English): Take the highway towards the southern scenic route towards the catlins coming form invercargill or Dunedin, follow the signs for curio bay, you'll find it, there are multiple car parks, a big one at the end on the headland by the fossil forest, or mutiple little ones along the back of the dunes.

English (Translate this text in English): Take the highway towards the southern scenic route towards the catlins coming form invercargill or Dunedin, follow the signs for curio bay, you'll find it, there are multiple car parks, a big one at the end on the headland by the fossil forest, or mutiple little ones along the back of the dunes.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

Experience

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, SouthWest

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

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

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

It gets good if the other spots around the catlins are either too big or too small. The beach is stunning, and there are never that many people out. In the summer its a popular beach with the tourists form Dunedin and Invercargill, and other travellers. Good place to camp out, and chill out with your buddies.

English (Translate this text in English): It gets good if the other spots around the catlins are either too big or too small. The beach is stunning, and there are never that many people out. In the summer its a popular beach with the tourists form Dunedin and Invercargill, and other travellers. Good place to camp out, and chill out with your buddies.

English (Translate this text in English): It gets good if the other spots around the catlins are either too big or too small. The beach is stunning, and there are never that many people out. In the summer its a popular beach with the tourists form Dunedin and Invercargill, and other travellers. Good place to camp out, and chill out with your buddies.

English (Translate this text in English): It gets good if the other spots around the catlins are either too big or too small. The beach is stunning, and there are never that many people out. In the summer its a popular beach with the tourists form Dunedin and Invercargill, and other travellers. Good place to camp out, and chill out with your buddies.

Atmosphere

This spot is great. I love surfing it whenever I can get there. It has a spooky look about it on a big cold winters day, but then so do most places this cold. You can usaully spot alot of marine wildlife around like dolphins, porpoises (hence name) seals and there has been the occasional sharkie sighting (dont freak!) It has a stunning backdrop of the catlins and on a good day you can see for miles, and even get a glimpse of stewart island which is cool stuff. The beach is long, one end (west) is protected by the strong NW winds, and the the other is nicely exposed on the smaller days, so its only a matter of walking up and down the beach to find a good bank for the day.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is great. I love surfing it whenever I can get there. It has a spooky look about it on a big cold winters day, but then so do most places this cold. You can usaully spot alot of marine wildlife around like dolphins, porpoises (hence name) seals and there has been the occasional sharkie sighting (dont freak!) It has a stunning backdrop of the catlins and on a good day you can see for miles, and even get a glimpse of stewart island which is cool stuff. The beach is long, one end (west) is protected by the strong NW winds, and the the other is nicely exposed on the smaller days, so its only a matter of walking up and down the beach to find a good bank for the day.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is great. I love surfing it whenever I can get there. It has a spooky look about it on a big cold winters day, but then so do most places this cold. You can usaully spot alot of marine wildlife around like dolphins, porpoises (hence name) seals and there has been the occasional sharkie sighting (dont freak!) It has a stunning backdrop of the catlins and on a good day you can see for miles, and even get a glimpse of stewart island which is cool stuff. The beach is long, one end (west) is protected by the strong NW winds, and the the other is nicely exposed on the smaller days, so its only a matter of walking up and down the beach to find a good bank for the day.

English (Translate this text in English): This spot is great. I love surfing it whenever I can get there. It has a spooky look about it on a big cold winters day, but then so do most places this cold. You can usaully spot alot of marine wildlife around like dolphins, porpoises (hence name) seals and there has been the occasional sharkie sighting (dont freak!) It has a stunning backdrop of the catlins and on a good day you can see for miles, and even get a glimpse of stewart island which is cool stuff. The beach is long, one end (west) is protected by the strong NW winds, and the the other is nicely exposed on the smaller days, so its only a matter of walking up and down the beach to find a good bank for the day.

General

I love this place, the surf, the environment, its all pretty special. And when it gets good, IS GET GOOD!

English (Translate this text in English): I love this place, the surf, the environment, its all pretty special. And when it gets good, IS GET GOOD!

English (Translate this text in English): I love this place, the surf, the environment, its all pretty special. And when it gets good, IS GET GOOD!

English (Translate this text in English): I love this place, the surf, the environment, its all pretty special. And when it gets good, IS GET GOOD!

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By Anonymous , 16-06-2008

local - no locals dont like giving away waves unless you are talking about the dolphins

By Anonymous , 01-05-2007

hector rules - the friendly dolphins are the best locals

By anonymous , 11-04-2006

- bloody good locals down that way was traveling and stopped to surf porpise bay got talking to a couple of local guys who set me up with the best camping spot for 2 weeks and some of the sickest reef & beach breaks i have ever surfed in some of the most isolated places i have ever been respect there beaches and it will pay off thanx

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