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Paturau River ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.2
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 2.9

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Paturau River Surf Photo: 'In front of the rocks' by Rob Davies

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Peak Waves Wind Wind Waves Swell 1 Swell 2 3 hours
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11 s on 4 s 11 s 4 s

Open ocean wave model on 12 February at 3 pm

Forecast wind and swell just offshore from Paturau River around the time the photo was taken

In front of the rocks, Paturau River
user: Rob Davies (724 photos)
photo taken at: 3:34 pm 12 Feb 2011

In front of the rocks

New Zealand | Paturau River

Average rating: 3.0
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Remote Paterau can produce nice lefts in front of the rocks near the rivermouth. The problem is that it is often windy and typically the swell is too big. About 4 foot is ideal: any bigger and the paddle out gets huge and the surging long-shore current takes you away from the peak. Early morning in summer is the best time for surfers to catch it. Otherwise, it has all the ingredients of an excellent windsurfing or kitesurfing spot but in practice hardly anyone ever comes here.