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Classic Tahitian reef pass waves without the heavy fear factor. At headhigh, it's an easy roll-in to a very long, slopey wall as it tours the curve of coral that is always deeper than the gin-clear water makes it seem. Even improvers can manage but things hot up as the size increases and it can handle plenty of that. At double overhead the drop steepens, the odd barrel section beckons and the river-like current heading out to sea cranks up.

Extra inches of foam and shoulder muscle helps, especially if you have just made the 20-40min paddle from town. Many hire canoes to get out there safely and quickly, but mooring a boat off the break is even better. Attracts plenty of surfers, but the vibe is often friendly and inclusive for all abilities. Wind can mess it up and kiters will descend in the afternoons.

  • All Tides
  • Left-hand break over submerged reef
  • Sand
  • S - N
  • Easterly
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