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Taylors Mistake ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 3.4

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Taylors Mistake break guide

Taylors Mistake Surf Guide

Taylors Mistake in Kaikoura is a fairly exposed beach break that has reasonably 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 direction is from the east northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of rips and rocks.

Taylors Mistake Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Taylors Mistake:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Taylors Mistake with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 8% of the time in July while 9% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 83% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
8%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
9%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
83%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Taylors Mistake Location Map

Interactive Taylors Mistake 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 Taylors Mistake is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, which is 23 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Taylors Mistake is Timaru Airport (TIU), also in New Zealand, 148 km (92 miles) away.

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Taylors Mistake Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 10:29 Local Time
Wednesday 03
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 1.0
E
0.9
E
0.9
E
0.8
E
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 25
N 25
NNW 30
NNW 30
NNW
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Taylors Mistake

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

Wind History at Taylors Mistake

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

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