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Cliffs ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Cliffs Surf Guide

Cliffs in Gisborne and Mahia is a reasonably exposed reef break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the north northeast with some shelter here from northeast winds. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. There is no reef break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here.

Cliffs Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
18.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cliffs:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cliffs 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 Cliffs (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Cliffs with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 12% of the time in April while 23% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 65% 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 Cliffs Location Map

Interactive Cliffs 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 Cliffs is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 6 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cliffs is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 130 km (81 miles) away.

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Cliffs Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 06:26 Local Time
Tuesday 20
Wave (m) 0.2
Period (s) 13 17 17 16
Wind (km/h) 15
NW 15
NW 15
NW 10
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Cliffs

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

Wind History at Cliffs

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

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