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Murdering Bay break guidePhoto by: jordan hirst

Murdering Bay Surf Guide

Murdering Bay in Otago is an exposed reef and point break that has fairly consistent surf. Spring and Summer provide the favoured conditions. The best wind direction is from the south. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for sharks, rocks/rips.

Murdering Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Murdering Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Murdering Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 11% of the time in December while 23% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 66% 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 Murdering Bay Location Map

Interactive Murdering 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 Murdering Bay is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Murdering Bay is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 93 km (58 miles) away.

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Murdering Bay Surf Forecasts:
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Swell History at Murdering Bay

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

Wind History at Murdering Bay

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

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