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Latitude: 17° 36.218' S
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It's the first pass after the airport.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- the first : long and fast
- the second : short, hollow and surprising
- the third : works rarely.Very dangerous.
XXL Spot !
By Abbiealaric , 13 Nov
This is the nearest - This is the nearest and most likely best wave to Papeete. In any case, no place for Kooks - unless you simply remain out wide and observe. It gets swarmed and forceful. Local people figure you need Assignment Expert Service to win the surf by paddling out. It's a decent 20 mins out and longer back in if the tide is against you.
By Anonymous , 22-01-2010
Taapuna - Been to Tahiti 2X after about 25 years of surfing. I only had the chance to surf Taapuna once while I was waiting for my ride to Teahupoo. Woke up really early because I heard that Taapuna gets really crowded. Paddled out by myself got through channel to see perfect 6 footers with nobody out. I had to pinch myself....but it did not last. Within 20 minutes there were frothing spongers everywhere. Got two set waves alone before getting dropped in on every wave after that. Really disappointing. I was quiet, alone, respectful and am a lifelong surfer. Could not believe it. I read an earlier post that said the Tahitians were sick of Americans but in the 30 days I have spent there on two seperate trips I ran into perhaps 4 Americans! The problem as I see it with this place is that it is overrun with spongers. It is a total joke! Skip it and enjoy the many passes south with fewer people.
By John , 13-11-2007
Taapuna rocks! - Vairao is actually a cool wave too, but Taapuna is right there in town and has some really nice barrels.
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