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Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 3.1

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Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Tahiti, French Polynesia)

Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) Surf Guide

Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) in Tahiti is an exposed beach and point break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Offshore winds are from the south. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the north northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Sometimes crowded. Beware of rips and sharks.

Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay):

The best conditions reported for surf at Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in December while 9% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 88% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) Location Map

Interactive Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) is Temae (Moorea) Airport (MOZ) in French Polynesia, which is 38 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) is Huahine Airport (HUH), also in French Polynesia, 195 km (121 miles) away.

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Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 16 April 2021, 14:28 Local Time
Friday 16
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 6 6 15 6
Wind (km/h) 20
NE 15
NE 10
NE 10
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay)

Surf stats for Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay)

Wind stats for Papenoo Beach (Chinaman's Bay), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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