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Otago Peninsula – Smaills Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(Otago, New Zealand)

Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach break guidePhoto by: rach

Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach Surf Guide

Smaills Beach on the Otago Peninsula is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf. Summer offers the favoured conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. Rarely crowded here. Beware of sharks/rips.

Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach 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 36% of the time in March while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 29% 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).

Explore Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach Location Map

Interactive Otago Peninsula - Smaills 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 Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach is Dunedin Airport (DUD) in New Zealand, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach is Oamaru Airport (OAM), also in New Zealand, 112 km (70 miles) away.

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Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 4 July 2022, 15:25 Local Time
Monday 04Tue
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 15 17 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on cross-
cross cross

Swell History at Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach

Surf stats for Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach

Wind stats for Otago Peninsula - Smaills Beach, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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