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Long Point Surf Guide

Long Point in Catlins is a reasonably exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast.There is a left hand point break here. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of sharks/rips.

Long Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
11.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Long Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Long Point occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Long Point with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 19% of the time in August while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 45% 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 Long Point Location Map

Interactive Long Point 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 Long Point is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 86 km (53 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Long Point is Invercargill Airport (IVC), also in New Zealand, 99 km (61 miles) away.

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Long Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 2 July 2022, 10:15 Local Time
Saturday 02
Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Long Point

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

Wind History at Long Point

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

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