The Mount Main Beach is often crowded over summer, but it often produces awesome waves when the swell is up. The beach is quite shelted in most wind directions so the waves are often still quite good when the wind is onshore. Ocean Beach runs from leisure island in the north and down to Papamoa. It is more exposed than the main beach, but the sand banks here produce hollower waves when the wind is off shore often producing great tubes. Offshores are from the south west.