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Bell Block Reef Surf Guide

Bell Block Reef in Taranaki is a fairly exposed reef break that only works once in a while. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Offshore winds blow from the southeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the optimum swell angle is from the west southwest. A left hand reef break. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Hazards include urchins and rocks.

Bell Block Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
18.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Bell Block Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Bell Block Reef occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Bell Block Reef 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 26% of the time in June while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 26% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
26%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
48%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
26%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Bell Block Reef Location Map

Interactive Bell Block Reef 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 Bell Block Reef is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Bell Block Reef is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 129 km (80 miles) away.

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Bell Block Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 21 May 2022, 18:45 Local Time
Saturday 21Sun
3PM6PM9PM0AM
Wave (m)
4.5
WSW
5
WSW
5
WSW
4.5
WSW
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h)
40
40
45
40
Wind State cross-
on
cross cross cross

Swell History at Bell Block Reef

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

Wind History at Bell Block Reef

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

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