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Last Chance Surf Guide

Last Chance in Mahia is an exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the northeast.Surfers ride left hand point. Best around mid tide. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Rocks are a hazard.

Last Chance Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Last Chance:

The best conditions reported for surf at Last Chance 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 Last Chance (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Last Chance 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 Last Chance Location Map

Interactive Last Chance 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 Last Chance is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 38 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Last Chance is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 147 km (91 miles) away.

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Last Chance Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 5 June 2023, 03:01 Local Time
Monday 05
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Last Chance

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

Wind History at Last Chance

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Last Chance:

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