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Rapahoe ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Rapahoe Surf Guide

Rapahoe on the West Coast is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Rapahoe Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rapahoe:

The best conditions reported for surf at Rapahoe occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Rapahoe with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 54% of the time in July while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 13% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
54%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
33%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
13%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Rapahoe Location Map

Interactive Rapahoe 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 Rapahoe is Hokitika Airport (HKK) in New Zealand, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Rapahoe is Westport Airport (WSZ), also in New Zealand, 77 km (48 miles) away.

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Rapahoe Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 4 March 2021, 11:01 Local Time
Thursday 04
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 3.0
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2.5
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2.4
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2.1
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Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 5
NNW 10
NNW 10
W 10
WSW
Wind State glass on cross-
on
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on

Swell History at Rapahoe

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

Wind History at Rapahoe

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

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