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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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 Taapuna

French Polynesia, Tahiti

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 17° 36.218' S
Longitude: 149° 37.342' W

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It's the first pass after the airport.

English (Translate this text in English): It's the first pass after the airport.

English (Translate this text in English): It's the first pass after the airport.

English (Translate this text in English): It's the first pass after the airport.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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 Additional Information

3 sections:
- the first : long and fast
- the second : short, hollow and surprising
- the third : works rarely.Very dangerous.

English (Translate this text in English): 3 sections:<br />- the first : long and fast<br />- the second : short, hollow and surprising<br />- the third : works rarely.Very dangerous.

English (Translate this text in English): 3 sections:&lt;br &#47;&gt;- the first : long and fast&lt;br &#47;&gt;- the second : short, hollow and surprising&lt;br &#47;&gt;- the third : works rarely.Very dangerous.

English (Translate this text in English): 3 sections:&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;- the first : long and fast&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;- the second : short, hollow and surprising&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;- the third : works rarely.Very dangerous.

Atmosphere

XXL Spot !

English (Translate this text in English): XXL Spot !

English (Translate this text in English): XXL Spot !

English (Translate this text in English): XXL Spot !

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By Anonymous , 22-01-2010

Taapuna - Been to Tahiti 2X after about 25 years of surfing. I only had the chance to surf Taapuna once while I was waiting for my ride to Teahupoo. Woke up really early because I heard that Taapuna gets really crowded. Paddled out by myself got through channel to see perfect 6 footers with nobody out. I had to pinch myself....but it did not last. Within 20 minutes there were frothing spongers everywhere. Got two set waves alone before getting dropped in on every wave after that. Really disappointing. I was quiet, alone, respectful and am a lifelong surfer. Could not believe it. I read an earlier post that said the Tahitians were sick of Americans but in the 30 days I have spent there on two seperate trips I ran into perhaps 4 Americans! The problem as I see it with this place is that it is overrun with spongers. It is a total joke! Skip it and enjoy the many passes south with fewer people.

By John , 13-11-2007

Taapuna rocks! - Vairao is actually a cool wave too, but Taapuna is right there in town and has some really nice barrels.

By Brazil , 12-09-2006

Great wave!!! - I surfed Taapuna on a 6ft day... Great wave and respectful locals as well. A long paddle that is really worthy. In case of shark fobia, do not even get into the lagoon. Go to the Lagoonarium that is nearby...

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