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Great Exhibition Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Great Exhibition Bay Surf Guide

Great Exhibition Bay in Northland is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf Offshore winds are from the west. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

Great Exhibition Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Great Exhibition Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Great Exhibition Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in January while 15% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 81% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
4%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
15%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
81%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Great Exhibition Bay Location Map

Interactive Great Exhibition 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 Great Exhibition Bay is Kaitaia Airport (KAT) in New Zealand, which is 51 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Great Exhibition Bay is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 105 km (65 miles) away.

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Great Exhibition Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 15:14 Local Time
Sunday 11Mon
3PM6PM9PM0AM
Wave (m) 0.9
E
0.9
E
0.9
E
0.9
E
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 10
SSW 5
SSW 5
SSE 5
E
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
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Swell History at Great Exhibition Bay

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

Wind History at Great Exhibition Bay

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

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We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.