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Latitude: 17° 45' S
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Follow the highway from Faaa South to Maraa. There is a sign.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Wave qualityWorld Class
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day length
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionEast, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
- Rips / undertow
Park on the East side of the road. There is a dirt lot with a big shade tree. Break is directly in front of this lot. You will see a small tree lined point to the right when facing the ocean. Be prepared for a long paddle out at high tide or a long walk in if the tide has drained while you were out.(surfing here is not recommended at low tide anyway) Paddle around the reef through a well defined channel then to the left. Watch a few sets to determine where you should take off from. The wave is decieving. You will find that it is more makeable than it looks, and can take off deeper each time. The deeper you take off, the more speed you can get through the extremely fast inside bowl. Look out for dry rocks popping up if you ride too far inside.
There is a right on the other side of the channel that can get very good on occassion.
This break is not for the timid or inexperienced. It is a thick, fast wave moving across an extremely shallow reef, even at high tide. The paddle is long and sharky. However it is usually uncrowded and some great sessions can be had with just you and the people you're traveling with.
By kal , 12-12-2006
maraa the best - Maraa left is the craziest wave i had ever surfed in my life, especially in bodyboarding:you have a really big air bowl, so you can flight so hight!!,but it 's a so suck wave, really really shallow at the end. take care
By anonymous , 30-11-2005
very shallow left - the right on the otherside is much more surfable, the left is almost dry
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