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Riversdale ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.8

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Riversdale break guide

Riversdale Surf Guide

Riversdale in the Waiararpa is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the west northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Rarely crowded here. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Riversdale Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Riversdale:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Riversdale 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 31% of the time in August while 37% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 32% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
31%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
37%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
32%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Riversdale Location Map

Interactive Riversdale 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 Riversdale is Masterton Airport (MRO) in New Zealand, 39 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Riversdale is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand, 94 km (58 miles) away.

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Riversdale Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 08:49 Local Time
Wednesday 03
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 1.6
E
1.5
E
1.4
E
1.4
E
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 20
N 15
NNW 15
NW 15
NNW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
off cross-
off

Swell History at Riversdale

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

Wind History at Riversdale

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

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