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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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 New Zealand NI

New Zealand

North Island New Zealand - With about a zillion miles of coast-line and a relatively mild (wet) climate, North Island is a real surfers paradise. The surfing near the main urban areas can get a bit crowded, similarly the more famous spots such as Raglan and Piha can have crowds. Our advice is get out and explore..... there are many many secret spots (which we don't want on this site), and huge areas where you'll find beaches with nobody else in the water. Unlike Australia, you are unlikely to be bothered in the water by big beasties.

The North Island can be thought of as two different surf areas, as the West Coast and East Coast have very different characteristics - the West is reputed to be rough and wild, the East calmer and more picturesque. However, don't be lulled by this simplicity - each region has its own characteristics, with pristine waves on the West Coast and powerful waves on the East (check out Gisbourne)

English (Translate this text in English): North Island New Zealand - With about a zillion miles of coast-line and a relatively mild (wet) climate, North Island is a real surfers paradise. The surfing near the main urban areas can get a bit crowded, similarly the more famous spots such as Raglan and Piha can have crowds. Our advice is get out and explore..... there are many many secret spots (which we don't want on this site), and huge areas where you'll find beaches with nobody else in the water. Unlike Australia, you are unlikely to be bothered in the water by big beasties.<br /><br />The North Island can be thought of as two different surf areas, as the West Coast and East Coast have very different characteristics - the West is reputed to be rough and wild, the East calmer and more picturesque. However, don't be lulled by this simplicity - each region has its own characteristics, with pristine waves on the West Coast and powerful waves on the East (check out Gisbourne)

English (Translate this text in English): North Island New Zealand - With about a zillion miles of coast-line and a relatively mild (wet) climate, North Island is a real surfers paradise. The surfing near the main urban areas can get a bit crowded, similarly the more famous spots such as Raglan and Piha can have crowds. Our advice is get out and explore..... there are many many secret spots (which we don't want on this site), and huge areas where you'll find beaches with nobody else in the water. Unlike Australia, you are unlikely to be bothered in the water by big beasties.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;The North Island can be thought of as two different surf areas, as the West Coast and East Coast have very different characteristics - the West is reputed to be rough and wild, the East calmer and more picturesque. However, don't be lulled by this simplicity - each region has its own characteristics, with pristine waves on the West Coast and powerful waves on the East (check out Gisbourne)

English (Translate this text in English): North Island New Zealand - With about a zillion miles of coast-line and a relatively mild (wet) climate, North Island is a real surfers paradise. The surfing near the main urban areas can get a bit crowded, similarly the more famous spots such as Raglan and Piha can have crowds. Our advice is get out and explore..... there are many many secret spots (which we don't want on this site), and huge areas where you'll find beaches with nobody else in the water. Unlike Australia, you are unlikely to be bothered in the water by big beasties.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The North Island can be thought of as two different surf areas, as the West Coast and East Coast have very different characteristics - the West is reputed to be rough and wild, the East calmer and more picturesque. However, don't be lulled by this simplicity - each region has its own characteristics, with pristine waves on the West Coast and powerful waves on the East (check out Gisbourne)

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NW Coast 11 0
North Coast 3 0
NE Coast 40 0
Coromandel 57 0
East Cape 21 0
Napier 34 0
South East 10 0
SW Coast 28 0
West Coast Taranaki 26 0
West Coast Aukland 32 0
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Tawharanui
De drkretz
Mai 16, 2012
perfect first daz - Great first daz for not expecting waves on the west cost. Noone out there. Good fun even surf was low and the board to short.
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Whangamata Beach
De TheFroffer2
Fev 24, 2008
Froffing! - You dont get many chances at what i got at whanga bar a glassy 3ft offshore barrels with only 2 people out. early morining dawney cudnt see anythng when i first got out but once it cleared i cud definitly see sum good size barrels realing thro
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Waiwakaiho River Mouth Reef, Waisys
De DrC123
Nov 16, 2007
Death wish - Check out this New Zealand outer reef:   http://www.surf.co.nz/surftv/index.asp?newsletterId=5712
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Lyall Bay
De Fishsack1
Set 28, 2007
lyall bay solid 2ft -  It was nice and sunny and had consistant 2ft sets at the corner and the break just next to it. the break next to the wall was bigger,faster and hollower.
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Whangamata Beach
De paul nz
Jun 18, 2007
pumping bar - the surf was amasing last night the best it ever gets here (it was the equiverlent to g-land absolutly pumping
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Viagem: New Zealand
De drkretz
Do Mai 16, 2012 ao Jun 7, 2012

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Viagem: The Endless Summer 63-73
De DrC123
Do Nov 15, 1963 ao Jun 7, 2007
The Swinging Sixties:  "It was the best of times it was the worst of times it was the 60's!" From the crack of a 6.5 millimeter Carcarmo on November 22nd 1963 to July 20th 1969 and the roar of  the mighty Saturn 5'
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Viagem: Northland, Nòva Zelàndia
De raidako
Do Mar 26, 2007 ao Mar 30, 2007
3a e darrèra part del viatge al finimond. Un segond surfari plan capitat. Surf cada jorn 2 còps la jornada. Un grop amistós, bona organizacion. Ostal en riba de mar.
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Viagem: Raglan 1991
De ozsurfer101
Do Fev 10, 1991 ao Fev 11, 1991
Indicators, Manu, Whale. 1 day 4-8 feet offshore. Superb.
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By satisfied punter , 18-07-2007

tip for that fulla - long and thin - slides right inshort and thick - does the trick

By Anonymous , 23-12-2006

My New Baby - Id been trying to surf on a gun for a while - but the board wasnt suited to learn on..Long but - Not Wide - Not Thick and Bouyant..Got my new 8ft 6in board two days ago and got out to Piha today..I stood twice - not long but longer than when i used the gun (STOKED)

By Anonymous , 03-12-2006

RoOokie - im a rookie from norway who is planing a trip to nz. im about 165 cm and 45 kilos, can somebody give some advice on some board i shoud get? how long... ect..??thanks :P

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