Clarence

Quality Rating: 
6
Wave Type: 
Beach break
River mouth
Wave Size Min: 
1.5ft
Wave Shape: 
Hollow
Barrels
Optimal Swell Direction: 
NE
Optimal Wind Direction: 
W
Tide: 
Low
Mid
Outgoing
Beach Type: 
Stones
Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Crowd Level: 
3
Wildlife: 
Seals
Sharks
Danger: 
River mouths often have strong currents or rips.

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Description: 

Clarence is a River mouth break on a shingle/stoney beach, located at the mouth of the Clarence River, north of Kaikoura. There are a couple of peaks to choose from. The wave dredges up really hollow, with barrels on offer. Best for Advanced to expert surfers. River mouths often have strong currents or rips.
 

Directions: 
Clarence is located at the mouth of the Clarence River, north of Kaikoura. From Kaikoura Drive north on State Highway 1 for about 20mins. Just before the Clarence River there are some gravel/sand forestry tracks on the east side of the road which you will need to follow out to the river mouth. There may be a short walk involved. Or you can make your way down the river bed.
Nearest Town: 
Kaikoura
Nearest City: 
Kaikoura
Travel Time from City: 
30mins
Road in: 
Seal
Gravel
Sand
Walk in: 
Yes
Parking at beach: 
Yes
Beach View: 
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