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Bowentown Bar Surf Guide

Bowentown Bar in Bay of Plenty is a reasonably exposed beach break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the north northeast. The beach breaks are all rights. It very rarely gets crowded here. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Bowentown Bar Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon sandbar  redSandbarIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
18.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Bowentown Bar:

The best conditions reported for surf at Bowentown Bar occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Bowentown Bar 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 12% of the time in August while 15% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 73% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
12%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
15%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
73%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Bowentown Bar Location Map

Interactive Bowentown Bar 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 Bowentown Bar is Tauranga Airport (TRG) in New Zealand, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Bowentown Bar is Hamilton Airport (HLZ), also in New Zealand, 73 km (45 miles) away.

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Bowentown Bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 06:02 Local Time
Tuesday 24
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m)
0.3
NE
0.3
NE
0.3
NE
0.3
NE
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
10
10
10
5
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Bowentown Bar

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

Wind History at Bowentown Bar

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Bowentown Bar. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: inconsistent
    10km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    14km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    23km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    25km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Bowentown Bar: