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Colac Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.2
Consistency of Surf: 3.8
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.8
Crowds: 4.1

Overall: 3.4

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Colac Bay Surf Guide

Colac Bay in Invercargill is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the south. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of rips, rocks and sharks.

Colac Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Colac Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Colac Bay occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Colac Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 22% of the time in February while 20% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 58% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
22%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
20%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
58%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Colac Bay Location Map

Interactive Colac Bay 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 Colac Bay is Invercargill Airport (IVC) in New Zealand, 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Colac Bay is Manapouri Airport (TEU), also in New Zealand, 94 km (58 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Colac Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 05:16 Local Time
Wednesday 19
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m) 3.0
WSW
3.5
WSW
3.0
WSW
3.0
W
Period (s) 15 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 35
W 40
W 30
W 35
W
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

What does Colac Bay look like?

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Swell History at Colac Bay

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

Wind History at Colac Bay

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

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    Reliability: inconsistent
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