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The Bluff-North Side ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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The Bluff-North Side Surf Guide

The Bluff-North Side in Northland is an exposed reef break that has reliable surf The best wind direction is from the southeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of rips, sharks.

The Bluff-North Side Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
20.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Bluff-North Side:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Bluff-North Side 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 The Bluff-North Side (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing The Bluff-North Side 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 51% of the time in March while 47% 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).

Explore The Bluff-North Side Location Map

Interactive The Bluff-North Side 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 The Bluff-North Side is Kaitaia Airport (KAT) in New Zealand, which is 56 km (35 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Bluff-North Side is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 113 km (70 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
The Bluff-North Side Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 23:36 Local Time
SatSunday 11
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 10
W 0
W 5
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Swell History at The Bluff-North Side

Surf stats for The Bluff-North Side, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at The Bluff-North Side

Wind stats for The Bluff-North Side, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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Wave Buoys Nearest To The Bluff-North Side:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.