Raglan is situated 30 minutes from Hamilton on the west coast, and is well
known world wide for its left hand surf break. Surfing is mainly done at
Manu Bay, Whale Bay, Indicators and Brient Home.
Windsurfing at Raglan is done at the mouth of the harbour, and it has
been nicked named 'suckers' by the locals. This is because on an outgoing
tide the mouth is like a river and many people have been sucked out to
sea! Jason Prior has compared it to the Gorge in the states and local
fishermen think were insane. The bar is one of New Zealand's most dangerous,
so care needs to be taken.
The bar and the mouth of the harbour is
represented by the number 2 on the map.
Raglan works best on a SW and a NW, but sailing can still be done on
Mussel rock, situated north side of the bar. Known for its reef out at
sea and gnarly beach break. (SW)
Pipe line, located on the south side bar. Kick named this because it breaks
and peals off in 4 foot of water. Works on a westerly swell with a south-westerly.
Brient Home, the beach that runs down towards Manu Bay. Big jumps and good
onshore wave riding. (NW)
Bar, messy but good jumping.
It's recommended that you check your equipment before going out.
bump and jump:
The tide needs to be going out! and extreme care needs to be taken!!!
Wind directions: NW (speed strip), W, SW, E, and NE.