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Blacks Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 2.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 2.9

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Blacks Reef break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Blacks Reef Surf Guide

Blacks Reef in Mahia is a fairly exposed reef break that is often working and works all around the year. Works best in offshore winds from the north northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the south southeast. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. A popular wave that can get growded. Watch out for rocks.

Blacks Reef Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
19.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Blacks Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Blacks Reef occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Blacks Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 26% of the time in October while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 34% 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 Blacks Reef Location Map

Interactive Blacks 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 Blacks Reef is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 49 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Blacks Reef is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 144 km (89 miles) away.

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Blacks Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 25 February 2021, 07:27 Local Time
WedThursday 25
Wave (m) 0.1
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 20
NNE 15
N 10
N 5
Wind State off off cross-

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Swell History at Blacks Reef

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Wind History at Blacks Reef

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