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Head out of town (there is basically only one main road) towards the river. Go past the horse track and follow the road out to the jetty. Park anywhere along the jetty or drive out onto the beach. Lock your cars or the idiot street racers will steal your stuff in a heartbeat.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Tippy
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Jump off the rocks right near the end of the jetty. Depending on the tide the rips can be pretty nagging. Hang right off the rocks and catch some fun waves. During really big swells there is a spot up the river that breaks! Although the towns sewage empties into it the locals said its worth it to surf in a river. Like all Kiwis the locals here seemed pretty cool.
Westport is an awesome town. My bro and I spent Chrismas there and had a great time at a restaurant called the The Yellow House Cafe. The best food we had throughout New Zealand and the family that runs the place is very nice. Not much to do in the town but worth it to spend the night there if you are coming through.
By andy , 15-03-2006
double edge sword - the tip is one those places where you can get the wave of your life or a surf so bad you want 2 quit,also it can look so good yet be so weak and horrible,need perfect conditions to really work,try summer.
By Scott , 14-01-2006
what ever - what do you mean stand ups i was born and breed in westport and i think i only ever have see like two bodyboarders in the water in 20 years as for blow ins westport needs there money. Aside from that its a real good wave big pits
By andy , 28-09-2005
- nah the tip always does get crowded during summer,its the only time it really gets decent so everyone in town is out there,winter it generally has to much south west in the swell and the river is usually in flood so it has a hideous drift which makes it difficult to surf but during summer it settles down heaps leading to some classic days
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