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Porridge break guidePhoto by: Freddie

Porridge Surf Guide

Porridge in Invercargill is an exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the north northeast. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the optimum swell angle is from the south.Surfers ride left hand point. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

Porridge Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Porridge:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Porridge 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 17% of the time in March while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 47% 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 Porridge Location Map

Interactive Porridge 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 Porridge is Invercargill Airport (IVC) in New Zealand, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Porridge is Manapouri Airport (TEU), also in New Zealand, 89 km (55 miles) away.

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Porridge Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 22:39 Local Time
WedThursday 26
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 16 15 14
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Porridge

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

Wind History at Porridge

Wind stats for Porridge, 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 Porridge. Click below to view there surf guides.

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    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    13km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    14km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    Reliability: inconsistent
    24km away

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