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Pipeline (Dunedin) ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Pipeline (Dunedin) Surf Guide

Pipeline (Dunedin) in Otago is an exposed River Bar break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the south southwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the north northeast. There is a right hand reef break. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Beware of sharks/rips.

Pipeline (Dunedin) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
14.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Pipeline (Dunedin):

The best conditions reported for surf at Pipeline (Dunedin) occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Pipeline (Dunedin) 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 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 67% 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 Pipeline (Dunedin) Location Map

Interactive Pipeline (Dunedin) 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 Pipeline (Dunedin) is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 48 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Pipeline (Dunedin) is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 81 km (50 miles) away.

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Pipeline (Dunedin) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 16 April 2021, 00:09 Local Time
ThuFriday 16
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 10 10 10 9
Wind (km/h) 5
SE 10
N 10
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Swell History at Pipeline (Dunedin)

Surf stats for Pipeline (Dunedin), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Pipeline (Dunedin)

Wind stats for Pipeline (Dunedin), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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