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Eastbourne break guidePhoto by: David Adams

Eastbourne Surf Guide

Eastbourne in Wellington is a sheltered reef and point break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds are from the north northeast. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell angle is from the south. A reef breaks left. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Sometimes crowded. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Eastbourne Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Eastbourne:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Eastbourne with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in May while 15% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 82% 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).

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Interactive Eastbourne 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 Eastbourne is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 6 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Eastbourne is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand, 47 km (29 miles) away.

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Eastbourne Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 2 April 2023, 04:23 Local Time
Sunday 02
Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 15 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Eastbourne

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

Wind History at Eastbourne

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

Eastbourne Reviews:

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Based on 10 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Rob Davies from New Zealand
“Eastbourne provides a series of unlikely left-peeling points that require a huge S or SW swell to work. Look for at least 4m and 12 seconds in Cook Straight. Located well inside Wellington Harbour close to the some of the nicest suburbs in the city, this is one of those novelty spots that the locals enjoy from time to time though usually people who live here head to the coast beyond Wainuiomata for their waves.

Getting a big enough south swell is already rare enough, but having that swell not be accompanied by a force 10 southerly wind is rarer still. Even so, several times each year it does all come together.

If you are in the city and your ferry to South Island has been canceled due to rough weather, Eastbourne could be worth a look because all the other Wellington breaks will be monstrous and onshore anyway. The only drawback is that even though it is just the other side of the harbour you'll need to allow almost an hour to driver there via Petone.

The waves at Eastbourne are fat waves, best surfed on a longboard or in a kayak. The outermost point is biggest and best and long rides are possible.”

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