Information about Tindalls Bay, what's done there and who does it
Speed, Bump n Jump, Just Cruising, Racing, Grovel/Swim
Nice sandy beach for easy launching. Either park at the boat ramp and rig on the small grassy area near the toilets, or park on the roadside at Crown Reserve at the west end of the beach - large grassy area and a short carry down the reserve to the water.
Tindalls is surprising in that it actually faces NW, so is the best beach in directions from NW to W. If you've rigged at the boat ramp it really pays to walk your gear west along the beach before launching.
In a SW it is cross-shore and gusty, but a great speed bay - or if Shakespeare's swell and chop is too much for you, Tindalls is easier.
In a Northerly it is a little patchy close in, but then you are immediately into better wind than down at Manly (remember that if it's marginal in a northerly) and the swells are cleaner. Close in to Tindalls in a northerly the swells are swinging round towards you - great bump and jump!
In a NE there is a large wind shadow until you get out into the main bay, but it can be done if you have enough volume, and it sets you up into CLEAN wind (WAY better than Manly) and good swells.
Easterly can be tempting if you don't wish to wave sail at Orewa, but it can easily swing so off-shore that you can struggle to get home.
SSW to S? Wind shadow close in, then flat/small chop for nice speed (if you can handle the gusts!)
edited by mattvet 22.09.13