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Mahia Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.7

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Mahia Reef Surf Guide

Mahia Reef in Mahia is a sheltered reef break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the east southeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south. There is a left hand reef break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for rocks.

Mahia Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
18.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mahia Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Mahia Reef occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mahia Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 5% of the time in June while 25% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 70% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
5%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
25%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
70%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Mahia Reef Location Map

Interactive Mahia Reef 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 Mahia Reef is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 48 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mahia Reef is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 154 km (96 miles) away.

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Mahia Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 23:28 Local Time
SatSunday 11
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 1.0
ESE
1.5
E
1.5
E
1.4
E
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 25
NNE 20
NNE 20
NNE 20
NNE
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at Mahia Reef

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

Wind History at Mahia Reef

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

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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.