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Latitude: 46° 39.263' S
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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
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
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
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
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.
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.
I love this place, the surf, the environment, its all pretty special. And when it gets good, IS GET GOOD!
By Anonymous , 16-06-2008
local - no locals dont like giving away waves unless you are talking about the dolphins
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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