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Piha-The Bar break guidePhoto by: Karl

Piha-The Bar Surf Guide

Piha-The Bar in West Coast Auckland is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf Offshore winds are from the southeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer left-handers. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Sometimes crowded. Hazards include rips and rocks.

Piha-The Bar Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Piha-The Bar:

The best conditions reported for surf at Piha-The Bar occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Piha-The Bar (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Piha-The Bar with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 42% of the time in March while 56% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% 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 Piha-The Bar Location Map

Interactive Piha-The Bar 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 Piha-The Bar is Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Piha-The Bar is Hamilton Airport (HLZ), also in New Zealand, 127 km (79 miles) away.

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Piha-The Bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 December 2022, 19:11 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 14 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on on on cross-

Swell History at Piha-The Bar

Surf stats for Piha-The Bar, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Piha-The Bar

Wind stats for Piha-The Bar, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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