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Topic: Surfing on Rarotonga

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replies: 17

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H

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Surfing on Rarotonga

« on: March 22 2006 16:03:00 »

I had a trip to Rarotonga a few years ago and a had a couple of good days of surf, the waves i surfed were fairly short punchy little peaks running into reef passes on shallow reef. There is great potential for waves and the the place in general is like paradise so you won't be too dissapointed in not scoring epic waves if you go there. It is well worth the visit and you can hire bikes to get around. although one day I had to ride 19km each way to the surf, the buses are also regular and can get you around for a small price

By:

bizza

RE: Surfing on Rarotonga

« Reply #1 on: April 10 2007 04:04:00 »

wats the best time of year for swell ? is ti may /june

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Bruce Caretti

RE: Surfing on Rarotonga

« Reply #2 on: April 17 2007 20:04:00 »

I have just recently returned from my honeymoon in the wonderful paradise of the cook islands and scored some waves. It was by no means epic at all but it was super hollow and a decent size. The coral is hard and sharp and i seriously advise a long sleeve wetsuit top for a little protection at least. The sea urchins are the size of rockmellons so i really advise a decent set of booties. As mentioned above there is quite a bit to do and it is such a paradise you can just relax and wait for the day you wish to surf. I surfed out the front of crownebeach resort on one occasion and suggest that if wanting to surf most places you do it on the incomming tide as it is pretty shallow.

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chhaannntie

RE: Surfing on Rarotonga

« Reply #3 on: July 30 2007 20:07:00 »

yeh i went to cook islands for a surf trip! was a sik time getting the motorbikes going around the paradise in 35 mins to find the best hollow surf i have eva seen and i have been to bali 5 times for surf. cook islands is the best place to go sometimes to shallow and alot of sea urchins scratching ur board but if ur not scared of scratching u and ur board go for the best barrels and best waves of ur life expensive food but its worth going for the palace burgers there massive



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gabe

RE: Surfing on Rarotonga

« Reply #4 on: November 19 2007 02:11:00 »

yo- i in da cooks now-been here couple days got 33 to go so i will get a wave or 2. got my boards n all-jus lookin for da right wave 2 ride. stayin at a pad on black rock beach so been checkin da surf-rainy n onshore so far but southcoast had a nug yesterday-looked mean n fast. need some folks to charge this shit with so if anyone keen for a surf hit me up! glips13@hotmail.com-i got two boards w me so  no excuses!!!!!!!!!!  ha!

By:

Ben

RE: Surfing on Rarotonga

« Reply #5 on: February 07 2008 23:02:00 »

going there tommorow with chic for 5 days staying at resort. will report when i get back

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Greg

RE: Surfing on Rarotonga

« Reply #6 on: February 21 2008 23:02:00 »

Gidday mate.
Just wondering if u scored anything in the Cooks.I'm trying utrying to plan something in july, and I'm hesitating between Tonga and Coook Islands.
Let me know your feeling about the place.Cheers.
Greg

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Greg

RE: Surfing on Rarotonga

« Reply #7 on: February 21 2008 23:02:00 »

Gidday mate.
Just wondering if u scored anything in the Cooks.I'm trying utrying to plan something in july, and I'm hesitating between Tonga and Coook Islands.
Let me know your feeling about the place.Cheers.
Greg

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Gazza

RE: Surfing on Rarotonga

« Reply #8 on: March 17 2008 02:03:00 »

Stayed on Raro for 3 1/2 months in 2001 and surfed less than any other South Pacific destination I've been too.
I had one spell of 4 weeks without waves and when there is swell, the breaks are VERY fickle and subject to swell direction & wind.
There is a few overviews around that talk about Avana !! man.. the harbour pass breaks like once a year (if lucky) on BIG nth swell and when I was there it hadn't broke for 2 yrs.
ALL the breaks are short and BLACK ROCK (left) is sucky shallow stuff not to surf alone. Club Raro has a couple of patches of the reef that can produce SHORT rides when the swell is right, the wind is right  etc etc ... again fickle.
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By:

Gazza

RE: Surfing on Rarotonga

« Reply #9 on: March 17 2008 03:03:00 »

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Towards Ngathianghia (probably got the spelling wrong) there is a SHORT string of rights that CAN provide OK waves , the  Ngathianghia harbour entrance has a sortta OK Right that is just a paddle across the pass, the left is shallow and more of a 'esky lid' wave. The passes around the SW side are a fair paddle out and this makes them hard to calculate the quality from shore that can line up SHORT waves on the right days if you can fluke them. Big lefts scream down the SW corner of the Islands west side when the swell is big , but it would be a major paddle around and getting across the reef would be virtually suicide !! To ride out there would require and long fast board and GUTS ! Boats ??? ... NONE !
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