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Blacks Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 2.8

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Blacks Reef Surf Photo: 'Empty Blacks' by Rob Davies

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Open ocean wave model on 23 October at 3 am

Forecast wind and swell just offshore from Blacks Reef around the time the photo was taken

Empty Blacks, Blacks Reef
user: Rob Davies (852 photos)
photo taken at: 3:04 am 23 Oct 2013

Empty Blacks

New Zealand | Blacks Reef

Average rating: 3.0
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Blacks doing it's wave-magnet thing and making something of a small swell. Mostly shoulder high with the odd head-high set towards the end of a 4 hour session that left my arms sore for days. Unusually for Blacks, the lefts were better than the rights.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.