Although surfing isn’t the most common board sport in New Caledonia, it’s still widely enjoyed, especially now that between traditional surfing, shortboarding and longboarding and other options, you won’t have a hard time finding the board / spot right for you!
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Hit the waves
Let’s admit it: surfing isn’t as easy as windsurfing or kitesurfing, not because of the technique involved but because of the accessibility of the surfing spots. To surf in New Caledonia, you’ll need to take a boat to reach the barrier reef to reach the waves, and navigate the passes and dead-ends. These constraints do indeed require time, but save energy for those who are willing. Once you’re in place, you won’t miss a single wave!
New Caledonia is still one of the best destinations for surfing thanks to its location. The swells are particularly nice, generated by depressions that form between Australian Tasmania and the territory of New Zealand. Between May and September, conditions are ideal to create nice waves up to 4.5 m tall with almost perfect wind conditions. In the mid-summer, swells are smaller, but still make for great sessions.
The dream spot at Bourail
One of the most reputed spots is at Bourail, off the beach of La Roche Percée, with a panel of surfing waves at the pass. Gouaro and Snorky are two right-breaking spots, but you can also surf the three left-breaking spots at Secret, les Ronfleurs and Ile Verte. But other spots are also available nearby, perfect for beginners and a bit calmer.
Surfers who love the lagoon
Surfers who set out from the Roche Percée are also fully aware of the fragility of the site and love to appreciate its wonders. Do like they do and don’t disturb the sea turtles that come in to lay, and if you have the chance to admire one from afar, later you can enjoy watching the babies rush into the sea.
Surf clubs in New Caledonia
- Gouaro Surf Club in Bourail
- Big Banana Surf Club in Bourail
- Nouméa Surf Club
- Association Calédonienne de SUP in Nouméa
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