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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Paparaa

French Polynesia, Tahiti

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 17° 46.347' S
Longitude: 149° 28.818' W

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 Access

From Papeete, take the road of the West Coast and go until Paparaa. You can't miss the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): From Papeete, take the road of the West Coast and go until Paparaa. You can't miss the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): From Papeete, take the road of the West Coast and go until Paparaa. You can't miss the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): From Papeete, take the road of the West Coast and go until Paparaa. You can't miss the beach.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

Power

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

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 Additional Information

It's the most popular beachbreak on Tahiti and it's the only good beach break on the West Coast.
The waves are not always regular in their shapes but you can have good ones (tubes etc...). A lot of new and good tahitian surfers are coming from here. It's also the right place to learn to surf. When reefs are too big for you can surf here. When Paparaa is also too big, go to the Sapinus Beach Break or Paea.

English (Translate this text in English): It's the most popular beachbreak on Tahiti and it's the only good beach break on the West Coast.<br />The waves are not always regular in their shapes but you can have good ones (tubes etc...). A lot of new and good tahitian surfers are coming from here. It's also the right place to learn to surf. When reefs are too big for you can surf here. When Paparaa is also too big, go to the Sapinus Beach Break or Paea.

English (Translate this text in English): It's the most popular beachbreak on Tahiti and it's the only good beach break on the West Coast.&lt;br &#47;&gt;The waves are not always regular in their shapes but you can have good ones (tubes etc...). A lot of new and good tahitian surfers are coming from here. It's also the right place to learn to surf. When reefs are too big for you can surf here. When Paparaa is also too big, go to the Sapinus Beach Break or Paea.

English (Translate this text in English): It's the most popular beachbreak on Tahiti and it's the only good beach break on the West Coast.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The waves are not always regular in their shapes but you can have good ones (tubes etc...). A lot of new and good tahitian surfers are coming from here. It's also the right place to learn to surf. When reefs are too big for you can surf here. When Paparaa is also too big, go to the Sapinus Beach Break or Paea.

Atmosphere

It's a lovely place plenty of friendly locals...but, as always, stay respectful ! And you'll be surprised by their technical level.

English (Translate this text in English): It's a lovely place plenty of friendly locals...but, as always, stay respectful ! And you'll be surprised by their technical level.

English (Translate this text in English): It's a lovely place plenty of friendly locals...but, as always, stay respectful ! And you'll be surprised by their technical level.

English (Translate this text in English): It's a lovely place plenty of friendly locals...but, as always, stay respectful ! And you'll be surprised by their technical level.

General

Is a nice beack breack a rare thing in all Polinesia dont miss it.

English (Translate this text in English): Is a nice beack breack a rare thing in all Polinesia dont miss it.

English (Translate this text in English): Is a nice beack breack a rare thing in all Polinesia dont miss it.

English (Translate this text in English): Is a nice beack breack a rare thing in all Polinesia dont miss it.

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By jules , 28-10-2009

- i had great times of surfin there... but really crowded on week end and the level is really high (with hira terinatoofa, raimana, poto with kids and lots of unknown great surfers), even if u respect them, its not easy to take good waves... whatever, ill come back there, its a fun wave!!!

By stephane06 , 20-09-2004

- Easy wave. Good spirit. Good alternative when other spots are blowing.The outer reef is a very long paddle.

By Kristian - Norway , 24-08-2004

Very nice locals - - I surfed this spot (or tried to) for about 4 weeks 1 1/2 years a go. All the locals were really nice.... Only experienced one hostile incident in 4 weeks, but it was mainly my mistake anyway.....Come alone is probably always the best way....

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