This break is not for the timid or inexperienced. It is a thick, fast wave moving across an extremely shallow reef, even at high tide. The paddle is long and sharky. However it is usually uncrowded and some great sessions can be had with just you and the people you're traveling with.

There is a right on the other side of the channel that can get very good on occassion.

Additional Info:
Park on the East side of the road. There is a dirt lot with a big shade tree. Break is directly in front of this lot. You will see a small tree lined point to the right when facing the ocean. Be prepared for a long paddle out at high tide or a long walk in if the tide has drained while you were out.(surfing here is not recommended at low tide anyway) Paddle around the reef through a well defined channel then to the left. Watch a few sets to determine where you should take off from. The wave is decieving. You will find that it is more makeable than it looks, and can take off deeper each time. The deeper you take off, the more speed you can get through the extremely fast inside bowl. Look out for dry rocks popping up if you ride too far inside.


Follow the highway from Faaa South to Maraa. There is a sign.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredNo
Boat requiredYes
Wave Characteristics
TypeReef (coral)
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc.)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
FrequencyVery consistent (150+ days/year)
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300m)
Good day lengthDon't know
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionEast, NorthEast
Swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Swell size3ft-5ft - 10ft+
TideMid and high tide
Tide movementRising tide

Urchins, Rips / undertow, Rocks, Sharks



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