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User rating (8)
drive out to the whakatane heads and park your car, paddle out the river, watch out for boats and logs
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionEast, NorthEast
Good wind directionSouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide position
Best tide movement
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
holds a big swell, theres a short hollow left into the river, you can see it on yr way out...otherwise its a down the line walling right.....needs a huge swell to really turn it on
By Anonymous , 01-03-2009
Heavy - This wave is one of the bowlyest heavy waves on its day has no forgiveness. can also be sick on a dead low smaller tide!
By anonymous , 25-09-2005
seriously good wave - there are many lame/hoax waves in this area but whakatane heads right hander is a real quality wave. only breaks in cyclone swells and for a short time after local storms. need some balls to paddle across to the lineup when the river is in flood. strong local scene.
By anonymous , 22-09-2005
Fond memories - Surfed it in 1970's, biggest 8' ,powerful wave bowls up over the reef, good sections, steep drop,what a beauty!
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