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Shag Beach Surf Guide

Shag Beach in N Otago is an exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach break provides left and right handers and there is a right hand reef break as well.. Best around high tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Sharks have been reported here.

Shag Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Shag Beach:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Shag Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 45% of the time in June while 23% 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
45%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
23%
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 Shag Beach Location Map

Interactive Shag Beach 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 Shag Beach is Oamaru Airport (OAM) in New Zealand, 52 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Shag Beach is Dunedin Airport (DUD), also in New Zealand, 76 km (47 miles) away.

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Shag Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 28 June 2022, 05:29 Local Time
Tuesday 28
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m)
0.4
SSW
0.6
S
0.7
S
0.7
S
Period (s) 14 8 10 9
Wind (km/h)
5
15
5
5
Wind State cross cross-
on
cross-
on
on

Swell History at Shag Beach

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

Wind History at Shag Beach

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

    • Icon reef  redReef and point
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach reef and point
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach reef and point
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    23km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    24km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Shag Beach: