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Blackhead ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.8

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Blackhead Surf Guide

Blackhead in the Waiararpa is an exposed point break that only works when conditions are just right with no particular seasonal pattern. Ideal winds are from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. Best around low tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Blackhead Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon pointPointIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
14.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Blackhead:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Blackhead with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 29% of the time in May while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 40% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
29%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
31%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
40%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Blackhead Location Map

Interactive Blackhead 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 Blackhead is Palmerston North Airport (PMR) in New Zealand, 89 km (55 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Blackhead is Masterton Airport (MRO), also in New Zealand, 114 km (71 miles) away.

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Blackhead Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 07:42 Local Time
Wednesday 19
9AM12PM3PM6PM
Wave (m) 2.3
SSW
3.0
SSW
3.0
S
3.0
S
Period (s) 14 16 15 14
Wind (km/h) 30
W 30
W 25
W 25
W
Wind State off off off off

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Swell History at Blackhead

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Wind History at Blackhead

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