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Back Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.2
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 4.0

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Back Beach break guidePhoto by: Haley Phillips

Back Beach Surf Guide

Back Beach in Taranaki is a fairly exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf. Autumn and winter are the optimum times of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the east. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

Back Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s44.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
19.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Back Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Back Beach occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Back Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 24% of the time in August while 57% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 19% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
24%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
57%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
19%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Back Beach Location Map

Interactive Back Beach 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 Back Beach is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 19 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Back Beach is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 131 km (81 miles) away.

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Back Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 19 April 2021, 11:44 Local Time
Monday 19
9AM12PM3PM6PM
Wave (m) 2.2
SW
2.2
WSW
2.5
SW
2.5
WSW
Period (s) 13 13 13 14
Wind (km/h) 15
W 15
W 15
WNW 10
WNW
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Swell History at Back Beach

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

Wind History at Back Beach

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

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