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Oraka Beach Surf Guide

Oraka Beach in Gisborne and Mahia is a fairly exposed beach break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the southwest and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the east. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here.

Oraka Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
16.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Oraka Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Oraka Beach occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Oraka Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 16% of the time in May while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 62% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
16%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
22%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
62%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Oraka Beach Location Map

Interactive Oraka Beach 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 Oraka Beach is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Oraka Beach is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 155 km (96 miles) away.

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Oraka Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 00:27 Local Time
MonTuesday 18
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 0.9
E
0.9
ENE
0.8
E
0.7
E
Period (s) 11 11 11 10
Wind (km/h) 25
WNW 30
WNW 25
WNW 30
NW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross

Swell History at Oraka Beach

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

Wind History at Oraka Beach

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

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