Papatowai Beach is exposed to the full force of the Southern Ocean, situated on the Southern Scenic Route, south of Owaka.
Papatowai Beach is New Zealand's equivalent to Mavericks, Pipeline or Bells beaches. Here is the centre of NZ's big wave surfing. This wave starts working at 10ft and locals will tell you stories of 30ft plus days. This right-hand reef break has a massive steep ledge takeoff, followed by 300 metres of the biggest, heaviest surfable barrels on the mainland. Note this wave is very dangerous and should only be attempted by the experts.
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