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Horseshoe Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.6

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Horseshoe Bay break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Horseshoe Bay Surf Guide

Horseshoe Bay in East Cape is a fairly exposed point break that only works when conditions are just right. Summer offers the optimum conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of rips and rocks.

Horseshoe Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
19.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Horseshoe Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Horseshoe Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 15% of the time in April while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 51% 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 Horseshoe Bay Location Map

Interactive Horseshoe 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 Horseshoe Bay is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 122 km (76 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Horseshoe Bay is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 128 km (80 miles) away.

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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.
Horseshoe Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 18:46 Local Time
Tuesday 13Wed
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 15
NW 15
WNW 15
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

Swell History at Horseshoe Bay

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

Wind History at Horseshoe Bay

Wind stats for Horseshoe 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 Horseshoe Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    Reliability: very consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beachBeach and point
    Reliability: consistent
    8km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    Reliability: consistent
    26km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    Reliability: inconsistent
    28km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Horseshoe Bay:

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.