Secrets (left): up to 100 m, for experienced surfers: fast, shallow, steep take offs and deep barrels. Nicknamed Little ‘Chopes by Adriano de Souza and Jeremy Flores. Radical wave from 2 to 10 feet.
Guaro (right) (pronounce GWA ROW): up to 100m. For all surfers: fun wave with a fair bit of water under your feet, good for carves; over 6 feet it becomes seriously powerful on the inside section and offers barrel action for serious punters.
Green Island left: a secondary break that works on specific conditions. For intermediate to experienced surfers: short and fast, barreling wave, shallow waters at the end. Good from 3 to 6 feet.
Nera rivermouth (left): up to 200m. For beginners and longboarders, scarcely good for shortboarders: the wave starts from the rivermouth and dumps on the beach, generally too flat for shortboarders who surf the peaks/shorebreak. Needs big swells.
Ouano left: up to 400m. For all surfers: this wave mixes barrels, carving sections and awesome walls that beg for reentries. It is very consistent, trade winds are offshore, it’s good to surf from 2 to 12 feet, and becomes serious past 8 feet.
Ouano right: up to 80m. For experienced surfers: fast, fun barreling wave, but shallow. Needs glassy conditions, good to surf from 3 to 6 feet, doesn’t hold much more.
Shipwrecks (left): alternative left for intermediate to experienced surfers: short and fast wave with barrels, good from 3 to 6 feet, next to a huge shipwreck.
Mushrooms (right): for intermediate surfers: this wave is a secondary spot we surf when the swell is too big at the other breaks, short, mellow wave.
Little U (left): up to 80m. Good from 2 to 10 feet. For intermediate to experienced surfers: fun ride when small; from 4 to 10 feet: fast ride, steep take off and good barrels.
St Vincents left: up to 300m. For all surfers: long carvy left, consistent, good from 2 to 12 feet; holds really well the the 8 to 12 feet range, awesome for barrels but not for the faint hearted.
St Vincents right: for intermediate surfers: short, fun ride, good option when the surf is too big on the left.
False Pass (left): up to 100m. For intermediate to experienced surfers: good fun wave when small, sometimes fast, radical, with good barrels. From 2 to 8 feet.
Dumbea left: up to 200m. For intermediate surfers up to 6 feet: good down the line surfing; definitely for experienced surfers from 6 feet and over: barrels, fast and powerful.
Dumbea right: up to 300m. For all surfers: long wave with steady wall, good for carves, barrels only when over 6 feet, holds up to 12 feet.
Light House right: up to 100m. For intermediate to experienced surfers: fast righthander with a wedgy take off and shallow end section.
Corvette (left): For intermediate to experienced surfers: short wave with a good wall. Doesn’t hold past 6 feet.
Skateparks (left): for intermediate to experienced surfers: wave can be 3 feet at the take off and jack up to a 6 feet wall or gaping barrel depending on swell direction. Needs a solid swell. Holds up to 8 feet.
Other breaks: the others breaks in this region don’t have names, just GPS coordinates. You’ll have to trust us when we say there are a few lefts and rights that are worth the trip.
New Caledonia is surrounded by a 1700 km barrier reef, which counts 200 passes with surfing potential. The most consistent region is the south west barrier reef, as it offers the best swell and wind conditions.
3 types of surf breaks on the west coast:
* reef passes: with generally long lefts and rights
* reef bends: with generally short sucky lefts inner lagoon spots. Good option for big swells.
* Only 1 beach break: Bourail Roche Percée beach.
SWELL: the breaks on the west coast of New Caledonia need either Southwest, South or Southeast swells. The swell is consistent here, generally all lows between Tasmania, Sydney and New Zealand send us clean ground swell.
WIND: New Caledonia is influenced by southeast trade winds, mostly from Novembre to March. Most lefts can hold up to 15 knots: trades are offshore or cross shore on most of them. On the other hand the trades blow out the rights which really need glassy conditions. In winter the winds come down the mountains and blow east or northeast, which is good for some lefts and a few rights. Onshore winds from the west are rare but announce stormy weather. Water temperatures vary from 29°C in the height of summer to 20°C in winter (June-July-August).Weather forecast