About Papatowai

Papatowai holds some of New Zealand’s biggest waves, where tow-in teams and experienced paddlers try to ride the long barrelling right or lethal, ledging left.

Big boils and tendrils of kelp add to the stress of this hellmen only wave. There’s also some beachbreak at Tahakopa Bay.

Long paddle or jetski ride

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Stormrider Guide for Papatowai
  • All Tides All Tides
  • Submerged reef with peaky waves Submerged reef with peaky waves
  • Uneven Reef Uneven Reef
  • SE - SW SE - SW
  • North Westerly North Westerly
  • 25 10 Swell Range 10 - 25ft

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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