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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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 The Corners

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 Access

Short boat trip or 100m paddle along and across a lagoon.

English (Translate this text in English): Short boat trip or 100m paddle along and across a lagoon.

English (Translate this text in English): Short boat trip or 100m paddle along and across a lagoon.

English (Translate this text in English): Short boat trip or 100m paddle along and across a lagoon.

DistanceDay trip

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?Private access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Corners

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Info from surfingtonga.com. "Corners" breaks in both winter south swell season as well as during summer north swell season. However the waves character changes dramatically with the two swell directions. In winter its a very fickle wave and likes a strong clean south swell to really fire. When its on its a favourite with goofyfooters ...... a thick intense barrel rifles across the reef into a distinct channel. Any west in the swell tends to shut it down near the end section but still popular in these conditions with bodyboarders. Length of ride 40+ metres. Wear some rubber. Winter is best for intermediate to advanced surfers. Summer is a different story. Much more of a fun wave. A hollow take-off section barrels for 20+ metres before slowing and offering 30+ metres of fun hotdogging through to an inside (mellow) closeout. A fun wave for all skill levels ..... even beginners. "Corners" is surfable for 3 hours either side of high tide year round.

Swell direction dosent really matter so long as there's swell there shall be a number of quality waves on offer as long as the wind is out of the E-SE, (offshore). when i win lotto im going to buy me the sickest yaught and live around these islands. so many unsurfed waves were visable from the plane flying from vava'u to ha'apai to tongatapu. you could litrally see lines of swell exploding on shallow reefs reeling left and right and spitting like crazy into deeper water on either shoulder. this joint rocks! just dont go telling everyone (hahaha) or it will one day be crowded.

English (Translate this text in English): Info from surfingtonga.com. "Corners" breaks in both winter south swell season as well as during summer north swell season. However the waves character changes dramatically with the two swell directions. In winter its a very fickle wave and likes a strong clean south swell to really fire. When its on its a favourite with goofyfooters ...... a thick intense barrel rifles across the reef into a distinct channel. Any west in the swell tends to shut it down near the end section but still popular in these conditions with bodyboarders. Length of ride 40+ metres. Wear some rubber. Winter is best for intermediate to advanced surfers. Summer is a different story. Much more of a fun wave. A hollow take-off section barrels for 20+ metres before slowing and offering 30+ metres of fun hotdogging through to an inside (mellow) closeout. A fun wave for all skill levels ..... even beginners. "Corners" is surfable for 3 hours either side of high tide year round.<br /><br />Swell direction dosent really matter so long as there's swell there shall be a number of quality waves on offer as long as the wind is out of the E-SE, (offshore). when i win lotto im going to buy me the sickest yaught and live around these islands. so many unsurfed waves were visable from the plane flying from vava'u to ha'apai to tongatapu. you could litrally see lines of swell exploding on shallow reefs reeling left and right and spitting like crazy into deeper water on either shoulder. this joint rocks! just dont go telling everyone (hahaha) or it will one day be crowded.

English (Translate this text in English): Info from surfingtonga.com. &quot;Corners&quot; breaks in both winter south swell season as well as during summer north swell season. However the waves character changes dramatically with the two swell directions. In winter its a very fickle wave and likes a strong clean south swell to really fire. When its on its a favourite with goofyfooters ...... a thick intense barrel rifles across the reef into a distinct channel. Any west in the swell tends to shut it down near the end section but still popular in these conditions with bodyboarders. Length of ride 40+ metres. Wear some rubber. Winter is best for intermediate to advanced surfers. Summer is a different story. Much more of a fun wave. A hollow take-off section barrels for 20+ metres before slowing and offering 30+ metres of fun hotdogging through to an inside (mellow) closeout. A fun wave for all skill levels ..... even beginners. &quot;Corners&quot; is surfable for 3 hours either side of high tide year round.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Swell direction dosent really matter so long as there's swell there shall be a number of quality waves on offer as long as the wind is out of the E-SE, (offshore). when i win lotto im going to buy me the sickest yaught and live around these islands. so many unsurfed waves were visable from the plane flying from vava'u to ha'apai to tongatapu. you could litrally see lines of swell exploding on shallow reefs reeling left and right and spitting like crazy into deeper water on either shoulder. this joint rocks! just dont go telling everyone (hahaha) or it will one day be crowded.

English (Translate this text in English): Info from surfingtonga.com. &amp;quot;Corners&amp;quot; breaks in both winter south swell season as well as during summer north swell season. However the waves character changes dramatically with the two swell directions. In winter its a very fickle wave and likes a strong clean south swell to really fire. When its on its a favourite with goofyfooters ...... a thick intense barrel rifles across the reef into a distinct channel. Any west in the swell tends to shut it down near the end section but still popular in these conditions with bodyboarders. Length of ride 40+ metres. Wear some rubber. Winter is best for intermediate to advanced surfers. Summer is a different story. Much more of a fun wave. A hollow take-off section barrels for 20+ metres before slowing and offering 30+ metres of fun hotdogging through to an inside (mellow) closeout. A fun wave for all skill levels ..... even beginners. &amp;quot;Corners&amp;quot; is surfable for 3 hours either side of high tide year round.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Swell direction dosent really matter so long as there's swell there shall be a number of quality waves on offer as long as the wind is out of the E-SE, (offshore). when i win lotto im going to buy me the sickest yaught and live around these islands. so many unsurfed waves were visable from the plane flying from vava'u to ha'apai to tongatapu. you could litrally see lines of swell exploding on shallow reefs reeling left and right and spitting like crazy into deeper water on either shoulder. this joint rocks! just dont go telling everyone (hahaha) or it will one day be crowded.

Atmosphere

Warm water, about knee to waiste deep water over sharp coral, perfect gnarley barrels.

English (Translate this text in English): Warm water, about knee to waiste deep water over sharp coral, perfect gnarley barrels.

English (Translate this text in English): Warm water, about knee to waiste deep water over sharp coral, perfect gnarley barrels.

English (Translate this text in English): Warm water, about knee to waiste deep water over sharp coral, perfect gnarley barrels.

General

Gnarley heavy pits!!

English (Translate this text in English): Gnarley heavy pits!!

English (Translate this text in English): Gnarley heavy pits!!

English (Translate this text in English): Gnarley heavy pits!!

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By Anonymous , 30-11-2007

Private Access... - Again, this wave is accessible to anyone, as are all the spots on Tongatapu

By Anonymous , 24-09-2006

just gotta be there - everywhere in the world every bay, river mouth, outer reef breaks one day you just gotta be there and if your not then so be it, just hope one day you are when somewhere you go does. Thats probly the best expecting the unexpected.......................

By anonymous , 21-05-2005

Fickle - Went in summer 04, I was pretty dissapointed, if you are heading over I would give yourself at least 3 weeks in peak swell time cause it takes a fuck off big swell to get it working. didn't find locals all that friendly despite best attempts as well. I would very much recommend looking elsewhere for a surf trip

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