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Desperation Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Desperation Point Surf Guide

Desperation Point in Taranaki is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf. Spring and Summer provide the favoured conditions. Offshore winds are from the east northeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. There are left and right breaking reefs. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Desperation Point Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
19.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Desperation Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Desperation Point occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Desperation Point with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 27% of the time in August while 55% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 18% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
27%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
55%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
18%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Desperation Point Location Map

Interactive Desperation Point 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 Desperation Point is New Plymouth Airport (NPL) in New Zealand, 58 km (36 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Desperation Point is Wanganui Airport (WAG), also in New Zealand, 114 km (71 miles) away.

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Desperation Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 01:52 Local Time
Tuesday 09
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m) 2.4
WSW
2.1
WSW
1.8
WSW
1.6
WSW
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 20
WSW 15
WSW 15
WSW 15
W
Wind State on on on cross-
on

Swell History at Desperation Point

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

Wind History at Desperation Point

Wind stats for Desperation Point, 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 Desperation Point. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s54.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Desperation Point: