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Sponge bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.1

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Sponge bay Surf Guide

Sponge bay in Gisborne is a reasonably exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Sponge bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and reefIcon  s33.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sponge bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sponge bay occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Sponge bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 22% of the time in April while 35% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 43% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
22%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
35%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
43%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sponge bay Location Map

Interactive Sponge 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 Sponge bay is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 8 km (5 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sponge bay is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 132 km (82 miles) away.

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Sponge bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 00:33 Local Time
MonTuesday 18
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 0.8
E
0.7
E
0.5
SSE
0.5
SSE
Period (s) 11 11 12 12
Wind (km/h) 25
WNW 30
NW 25
NW 30
NW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Sponge bay

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

Wind History at Sponge bay

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

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