The Perfect Wave
Somewhere around the world right now someone is scoring the perfect wave! It could be off a surf boat in the Mentawais, an isolated island reef break in Samoa, a perfect point break in South Africa or riding a long board on a beach break in Hawaii. Whatever your perfect wave is, we can get ...
Tuamotus, HuahinÃ¨ and Tahiti absorb much of swell which piles up from the southern storm-belt and into French Polynesia. With 200 islands making up the region, numerous perfect set-ups have yet to be surfed - or go unsurfed most of the time. Tahiti's Teahupoo is the postcard wave, with flawless but brutal barrels. Other waves are reef passes and points, some miniature versions of Teahupoo, barrelling top-to-bottom. The majority of the swell is southerly, generated off New Zealand or coming up from the Antarctic, peaking in May and October (dry season). Despite receiving the same north swells which hit Hawaii between November and March they are much reduced in power. Trade winds blow consistently from the east, shifting slightly north in the wet season and southerly in the dry. Water temperatures are a tropical 25 to 27ÂºC or 77 to 81ÂºF year-round.
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