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Happy Jacks Surf Guide

Happy Jacks in Gisborne and Mahia is an exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the west and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Waves can be ok even in light onshore winds Groundswells are more common than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. No beach break here and in addition there are both left and right reef breaks. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Crowds are never a problem here. Rocks are a hazard.

Happy Jacks Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Happy Jacks:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Happy Jacks with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 15% of the time in January while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 55% 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 Happy Jacks Location Map

Interactive Happy Jacks 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 Happy Jacks is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 39 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Happy Jacks is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 148 km (92 miles) away.

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Happy Jacks Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 22 April 2021, 14:39 Local Time
Thursday 22Fri
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 8 8 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
SE 15
NE 15
NNE 10
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Happy Jacks

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

Wind History at Happy Jacks

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

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