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Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Otago Peninsula – Pipikaretu Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Otago, New Zealand)

Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu Surf Guide

Pipikaretu on the Otago Peninsula is a reasonably exposed beach and point break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southwest with some shelter here from west winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the east southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include sharks and rocks.

Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu:

The best conditions reported for surf at Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu occur when a East-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu (for consistent clean waves)?

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 21% of the time in August while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 57% 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 Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu Location Map

Interactive Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu 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 Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 45 km (28 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 96 km (60 miles) away.

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Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 12 April 2021, 09:21 Local Time
Monday 12
Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 19 19 18 18
Wind (km/h) 0
N 15
NNE 20
NE 20
Wind State glass on on on

Swell History at Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu

Surf stats for Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu

Wind stats for Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Otago Peninsula - Pipikaretu. Click below to view there surf guides.

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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.