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Propellers Surf Guide

Propellers in Wellington is an exposed reef break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest with some shelter here from northwest winds. Handles onshore winds better than most spots Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south. There is no reef break. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Propellers Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Propellers:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Propellers with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 29% of the time in May while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 41% 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 Propellers Location Map

Interactive Propellers 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 Propellers is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Propellers is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand, 51 km (32 miles) away.

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Propellers Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 January 2023, 06:02 Local Time
Sunday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 6 13 12 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Propellers

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

Wind History at Propellers

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

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