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Awana break guidePhoto by: Michael Reid

Awana Surf Guide

Awana in Great Barrier Island is a fairly exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the west. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. Both left and right reef breaks. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Beware of rips, sharks.

Awana Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
19.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Awana:

The best conditions reported for surf at Awana occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Awana (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Awana with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 14% of the time in June while 21% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 65% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Awana Location Map

Interactive Awana surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Awana is Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, 108 km (67 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Awana is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 112 km (70 miles) away.

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Awana Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 23 May 2022, 10:45 Local Time
Monday 23
Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off cross-

Swell History at Awana

Surf stats for Awana, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Awana

Wind stats for Awana, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Awana Reviews:

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Moggy from Australia
“Awana is basically beachbreak setup. Awana creek at North end of beach feeds fresh deposits of sand down the beach, particularly after heavy rain. Several rocky outcrops towards Southern end can favour bank formation. Never a guarantee of waves, but worth a check if swell too small for Okiwi or Shark Alley. If there are good banks the waves tend to have more power than the Islands other beaches.”

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