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Porpoise Bay break guidePhoto by: Deow Owen

Porpoise Bay Surf Guide

Porpoise Bay in Catlins is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the north with some shelter here from southwest winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach break provides left and right handers as well as left and right hand reef breaks.. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

Porpoise Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Porpoise Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Porpoise Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 38% of the time in July while 53% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% 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 Porpoise Bay Location Map

Interactive Porpoise 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 Porpoise Bay is Invercargill Airport (IVC) in New Zealand, 63 km (39 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Porpoise Bay is Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand, 120 km (75 miles) away.

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Porpoise Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 21 May 2022, 11:08 Local Time
Saturday 21
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 13 13 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross-

Swell History at Porpoise Bay

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

Wind History at Porpoise Bay

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

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