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Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands consists of 144 islands and is a popular tourist spot. Good for longboard cruising, just take a tent, food, and some friends and go - and don't forget to check the weather report. There is plenty of accommodation at Russell or Paihia, and if there is no wind, go deep sea fishing, snorkeling, diving or mountain- biking.

Dial-a-forecast: 0900 999 05 / 0900 499 23
Info Centre: Marsden Rd, Paihia. Ph 09 402 7426
Closest shop: Styrotech. Paihia. Ph 09 402 7540.


SlalomRace boardLearnerRigging
5 minutes drive from the central Post Office in Paihia, on the main road. Easy access with plenty of parking and grass areas.
Suits: Slalom. Beginners........
Wind: SW is best. W is Ok but gusty. 12 - 15 knots average in summer.
Water: Flat.
Watch: For sharp shellfish.
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SlalomRace boardLearnerRigging
Launch from same place as above and sail out to the channel between Paihia and Russell.
Suits: Slalom. Intermediate....
Wind: NW against the tide gives great slalom conditions.
Water: Flat.
Watch: Your gear is safe, you don't want to have to paddle back from the channel.
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Wave sailingChop jumping
There is limited access, off Waitangi beach by the golf course in Paihia. Sail out 1km to the reef.
Suits: Wavesailing. Intermediate.....
Wind: SE,E,NE,N,NW.
Water: A NE-E swell can get up to 1.5 metres
Watch: Your gear and ability is suitable for the conditions as it is a long way back.
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