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Dinner Plates ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.3

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Dinner Plates Surf Guide

Dinner Plates in Catlins is an exposed reef break that has very reliable surf and works all around the year. Offshore winds blow from the north. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south. No reef break here. The location means that it never gets crowded. Watch out for sharks.

Dinner Plates Spot Info

Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
15.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Dinner Plates:

The best conditions reported for surf at Dinner Plates occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Dinner Plates with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 38% of the time in July while 53% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% 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 Dinner Plates Location Map

Interactive Dinner Plates 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 Dinner Plates is Invercargill Airport (IVC) in New Zealand, 62 km (39 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Dinner Plates is Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand, 123 km (76 miles) away.

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Dinner Plates Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 7 March 2021, 01:24 Local Time
SatSunday 07
Wave (m) 2.1
Period (s) 14 14 13 13
Wind (km/h) 20
SE 5
NE 15
NW 20
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Dinner Plates

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

Wind History at Dinner Plates

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

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    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    44km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    48km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    58km away

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