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Otago Peninsula – Boulder Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Otago, New Zealand)

Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach Surf Guide

Boulder Beach on the Otago Peninsula is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the north. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for sharks/rips.

Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 37% of the time in March while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 29% 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 Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach Location Map

Interactive Otago Peninsula - Boulder 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 Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 31 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 110 km (68 miles) away.

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Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 4 July 2022, 16:02 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 15 17 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach

Surf stats for Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Otago Peninsula - Boulder Beach

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

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