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Bodyboarding in Tonga?« on: April 17 2006 23:04:00 »
I'm going to Tonga in November, staying at Ha'atafu Beach. Just me (22yo boog) and my brother, a 16yo intermediate surfer. Most websites on Tonga talk of consistent, hardcore waves, but none of the talk on these forums seems real positive in terms of wave consistency and quality?
Anyway, I'm wondering what the bodyboarding scene is like? I'm from Oz, and just wondering if there's the same surfer vs booger attitude in Tonga or if everyone's happy to share. I'm thinking that as there's a lot of tourists there won't be much localism and everyone can get a wave? Any comments appreciated
RE: Bodyboarding in Tonga?« Reply #1 on: April 30 2006 19:04:00 »
brah, just got back from tonga after a 2 week surf hol!!! stayed @ haatafu beach resort. this place rocks!!! steve who owns the joint is friendly & helpful & the food is awesome. i travelled with another standup & a boog. the boog had no dramas with anyone. its a friendly place to surf & everyones there for the same reason, to have fun. boogs can actually sit about 20 mtrs deeper than surfers in the line up.the set up of reefs there are near perfect. unfortunately we didnt get the chance of surfing any outer reefs due to the swell direction but motels would probably be 1 of the best lefts ive surfed!! get there & enjoy the surf brah & take plenty of sunscreen & rid!!! good luck!!
RE: Bodyboarding in Tonga?« Reply #2 on: June 05 2006 05:06:00 »
hey mate me n a few mates who all bodyboard are heading over to tonga later in the year and are hoping for a pretty consistent swell!!! ive heard that december is the time of the year that the swells that hit hawaii hit tonga. is there much else to do there other then surf. does it boring after staying there for to long. Motels looks awsome. is there much chance of arriving and not gettin any swell in two weeks. cheers
RE: Bodyboarding in Tonga?« Reply #3 on: June 08 2006 21:06:00 »
Brah, I find it hard to take in what you’re saying here. I just spent 18 days in Tonga and except for one day and one late glassoff the whole time it was either flat, onshore, sideshore or a crappy combo of no swell and wrong wind. If you have surfed anywhere in Indo then Motels could best be described as a short fun wave. There is somewhere between 8 and 13+ guys out at the takeoff constantly. The other break the Pass is even shorter and flops with any decent size sets. Even though the quality of the waves there reduce to almost unrecognisable at low tide there are still guys out there. The best fun they can have is loosing some skin or their fins. Good luck!
RE: Bodyboarding in Tonga?« Reply #4 on: June 14 2006 04:06:00 »
Guys, you can’t believe all the adverts you read on the internet. Tonga has no season for consistent swell. Neither does it have reliable offshores. The only swells that make it there in the winter come from the south west. Summer they come from the north. If they are the same swells that hit Hawaii then they are severely diminished as they are nowhere near that size. There is a big chance of not getting waves in two weeks. I’ve heard from more reliable sources it’s not uncommon to have up to four weeks without a decent wave. Sure you can get a good photograph on a good day but it doesn’t show the rest of the wave or how long it holds up. The other thing is how do you figure, “with a lot of tourists everyone can get a wave”?
RE: Bodyboarding in Tonga?« Reply #5 on: June 25 2006 18:06:00 »
Surfin at Ha'atafu is a true adanaline rush no matter wat ur surfin skill is! Swells differ all year round but each unique spot(break) gets influenced differently. If ever a dry spell just ask Steve to take you to ET's. Ita cost cha for a short boat trip but the waves pay back 10X fold. I love Ha'atafu so much I've back there 5 times. I live in Santa Cruz California and love it here but I would rather live in TONGA there's so many surfing spots that everyone shares no matter wat.
RE: Bodyboarding in Tonga?« Reply #7 on: August 04 2006 04:08:00 »
expect 2 or 3 surfable days per week at best. 7 day plus flatspells are common. even when you do get surfable days dont expect anything bigger than 3-4 foot
RE: Bodyboarding in Tonga?« Reply #8 on: March 03 2008 04:03:00 »
was in tonga (ha atafu) back in 98 mabey , in the 2 week period we got sick ET's twice , world class wave fullstop , then some good fun (average not world class) waves at all the spots out the front , we had a few days that were offshore 3-5ft but just rubbish. try and stay somewhere else beside haatafu resort , well as long as you can get a boat to et's!!