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The wave with the best credentials is undoubtedly Mangamaunu, along SH1 highway. This Rincon-like, right pointbreak is a beauty, aided by its proximity to the snow-covered Kaikoura Range. The cool air blowing off the mountains creates offshores that blow every morning and during the winter, it can blow all day, despite the prevailing NE winds. The walls are hollow but not too powerful and long, cruisey rides are the norm. Big NE-E swells will result in epic conditions, while S-SE swells create more rips and it gets some crowds but nothing worrying as other pointbreaks peel close-by.

  • All Tides
  • Right-hand Pointbreak
  • Sand
  • NE - S
  • Westerly
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