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Sandy Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.0

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Sandy Bay Surf Guide

Sandy Bay (Northland) in Northland is an exposed beach break that only works once in a while The best wind direction is from the west southwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the east northeast. Waves at the beach tend to peel to the right. Best around high tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Sandy Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
18.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sandy Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sandy Bay occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Sandy Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 43% of the time in January while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
43%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
51%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
6%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sandy Bay Location Map

Interactive Sandy 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 Sandy Bay is Whangarei Airport (WRE) in New Zealand, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sandy Bay is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 59 km (37 miles) away.

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Sandy Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 17 May 2021, 02:22 Local Time
Monday 17
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m) 0.9
ENE
0.9
ENE
0.9
ENE
0.9
E
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 15
NNW 10
WNW 20
WNW 20
W
Wind State cross cross-
off
cross-
off
off

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Swell History at Sandy Bay

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Wind History at Sandy Bay

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

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