uk es it fr pt nl
Hicks Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.2

See all 18 ratings

Based on 2 votes. Vote

Surf Report Feed
Hicks Bay break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Hicks Bay Surf Guide

Hicks Bay in East Cape is a sheltered beach break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the east northeast. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for rips and rocks.

Hicks Bay Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
19.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Hicks Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Hicks Bay 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 7% of the time in July while 16% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 77% 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 Hicks Bay Location Map

Interactive Hicks 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 Hicks Bay is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 123 km (76 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Hicks Bay is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 127 km (79 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Hicks Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 19 April 2021, 09:16 Local Time
Monday 19
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 8 8 7 12
Wind (km/h) 25
W 25
W 25
WNW 20
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Hicks Bay

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

Wind History at Hicks Bay

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Hicks Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: very consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    Reliability: very consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach and point
    Reliability: consistent
    9km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    Reliability: consistent
    27km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    Reliability: inconsistent
    27km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Hicks Bay: