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Elliot Bay break guidePhoto by: chen

Elliot Bay Surf Guide

Elliots in Northland is a quite exposed point break that only works when conditions are just right The best wind direction is from the south. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. Best around mid tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for rocks.

Elliot Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
21.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Elliot Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Elliot Bay occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Elliot Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 36% of the time in December while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 17% 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 Elliot Bay Location Map

Interactive Elliot 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 Elliot Bay is Kerikeri Airport (KKE) in New Zealand, 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Elliot Bay is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 55 km (34 miles) away.

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Elliot Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 30 January 2023, 21:32 Local Time
MonTuesday 31
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on cross-

Swell History at Elliot Bay

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

Wind History at Elliot Bay

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

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