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Papa Tangaroa ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.2

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Papa Tangaroa Surf Guide

Tanga Roa on the South Coast is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south. A reef breaks left. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of urchins, rips, rocks and sharks.

Papa Tangaroa Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
22.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Papa Tangaroa:

The best conditions reported for surf at Papa Tangaroa occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Papa Tangaroa (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Papa Tangaroa with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 43% of the time in April while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
43%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
48%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
9%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Papa Tangaroa Location Map

Interactive Papa Tangaroa 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 Tanga Roa is Mataveri International (Easter Island) Airport (IPC) in Chile, which is 4 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Tanga Roa is (Carnarvon) Airport (CVQ) in Australia, 498 km (309 miles) away.

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Papa Tangaroa Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 20 June 2021, 03:36 Local Time
Sunday 20
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m) 2.5
SW
2.5
SW
2.5
SW
3.0
SW
Period (s) 15 15 15 15
Wind (km/h)
15
15
15
15
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Papa Tangaroa

Surf stats for Papa Tangaroa, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Papa Tangaroa

Wind stats for Papa Tangaroa, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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