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In the south check googlemaps
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at Don't know and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
It was over a year ago I was there so can't remember exactly how to get there. Suggest looking for the pass in the reef. There was a place to park on the seaside of the road with trees to cover the car. Perhaps the beach juts out a touch
A big swell came from the south and all lined up. It was in the six to eight foot region and the place fired. Incredible barrels with heavy takeoff. I have surfed plenty of heavy reefs and this was right there with them with regards to intensity. Two sessions first had up to 5 guys out right of high tide. Fun - 1 broken board and 1 broken leggie - 6 foot. 2nd session 3 guys out (I was lucky to find two other kiwi surfers) and in the 6 to 8 range. One ten footer came through at the end and seemed to cause the reef problems (I was on the inside paddling like a madman away from the swells so didn't see too well). We were warned not to surf on outgoing but there were no problems - just gets heavy but not dry.
Don't surf here alone I'd say. The water rushes out of the reef pass and its a hike of a paddle - head way left coming in or you'll do a lap. Don't be fooled into thinking Raro has no waves - even the locals don't seem to know. I surfed pumping waves on this island - you just need the right conditions.
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