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Browns Bay Bar Surf Guide

Browns Bay Bar in Auckland is a very sheltered river break. Spring and Summer provide the optimum conditions. Offshore winds blow from the west southwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. There is no river break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. The location means that it never gets crowded. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Browns Bay Bar Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
18.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Browns Bay Bar:

The best conditions reported for surf at Browns Bay Bar occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Browns Bay Bar with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 0% of the time in January while 1% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 99% 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 Browns Bay Bar Location Map

Interactive Browns Bay 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 Browns Bay Bar is Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Browns Bay Bar is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 111 km (69 miles) away.

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Browns Bay Bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 December 2022, 19:02 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 12 9 9
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Browns Bay Bar

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

Wind History at Browns Bay Bar

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

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