Whakatane Heads

Quality Rating: 
9
Wave Type: 
Right point
River mouth
Wave Size Min: 
2.0ft
Wave Shape: 
Fast
Hollow
Long
Optimal Swell Direction: 
NE
Optimal Wind Direction: 
SW
Tide: 
Low
Beach Type: 
Sand
Skill Level: 
Advanced
Crowd Level: 
8
Danger: 
River mouths often have strong current sand rips. Watch out for boats.

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Description: 

Whakatane Heads is a right hand point river mouth break on a sand beach, located on the west side of the mouth to the Whakatane River. You need to paddle across the river mouth to get to the break, be careful as theres strong currents and boats passing through. This is a top quality right hand break which is very popular, so know the rules and respect the locals. The wave is fast and hollow, great performance wave with long rides. Suitable for advanced to expert surfers.

Directions: 
From Whakatane center, go east on The Strand, then at the round about turn right to continue on The Strand. Continue along Muriwai Drive down to the car park at the end. From heres its a paddle across the river mouth to the break.
Nearest Town: 
Whakatane
Nearest City: 
Whakatane
Travel Time from City: 
5mins
Road in: 
Seal
Walk in: 
No
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Beach View: 
NZ-Surf-Guide_Beach-View_Whakatane-Heads
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