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Shag Rock Surf Guide

Shag Rock in West Coast Auckland is an exposed beach break that does not work very often. Spring and Summer provide the best conditions. Works best in offshore winds from the east with some shelter here from east winds. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks consists of lefts. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for rips, rocks and sharks.

Shag Rock Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
17.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Shag Rock:

The best conditions reported for surf at Shag Rock occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Shag Rock with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 47% of the time in March while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% 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).

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Interactive Shag Rock 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 Rock is Auckland International Airport (AKL) in New Zealand, 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Shag Rock is Whangarei Airport (WRE), also in New Zealand, 122 km (76 miles) away.

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Shag Rock Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 May 2022, 03:13 Local Time
Friday 27
Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 16 14
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Shag Rock

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

Wind History at Shag Rock

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

Shag Rock Reviews:

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Jack from New Zealand
“This isn't really a separate beach, just a spot at Maori Bay in front of the cliffs on the south side. A very long left break which is really rippable”

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