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Find your way to Ha'atafu, then find Otuhaka beach resort, the Pass just to the right of it. or, alternatively if you arent staying at the resort, simply find one of the many public turnoffs that lead to the beach then find Otuhaka.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name The Alley
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Fun
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, South
Good wind directionSouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Info from surfingtonga.com .
It is a south swell set-up and is an "easy" wave to surf. Very popular with learners and those who like mellow waves. It rarely holds bigger than head-high and peels slowly around the reef into a defined channel. It can be hollow but isn't dangerous and far less challenging than other surfspots along the Ha'atafu coast. Once the swell gets overhead all the wave's energy focuses on a wide peak next to the channel that breaks into a fat shoulder. Rideable for 3 hours either side of high tide.
This is a summer north swell righthander right across the channel from "Pass Lefts". Its a fun wave popular with beginners and those who prefer mellow, less intense waves. It has a barreling take-off section that runs for 15 - 20 metres before hitting a channel. The rest of the ride (30 metres) is a mellow shoulder which is great for beginners (up to shoulder high) as it has an easy take-off, a soft-breaking sloping face and is also quite deep so its not dangerous at all. There is a slight current sweeping into the channel through the inside of the break but its not strong on small - medium sized days and easy to escape if you paddle across the rip towards the main break. It gets a little more serious once overhead and is unsuitable for beginners as current in the pass intensifies. This spot needs a straight north swell to break well. Any west in the swell and it hits too square onto the shelf and mostly closes-out. Its definitely worth a paddle most days and is one of the more consistent summer surfspots. Surfable 3 hours either side of high tide.
great place to be, white sand, palm trees in the background. empty fun waves.
overall just great.
By Anonymous , 20-08-2006
tobey luvs lana for ever - i am the first on this wave the wavs are alright a bit fast i love lana
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