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

Overall: 3.0

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The Bluff-South Side Surf Guide

The Bluff-South Side in Northland is an exposed beach and reef break that has reasonably consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of rips, sharks.

The Bluff-South Side Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Bluff-South Side:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Bluff-South Side occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf The Bluff-South Side (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Bluff-South Side with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 1% of the time in February while 1% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 97% 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-South Side Location Map

Interactive The Bluff-South 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-South Side is Kaitaia Airport (KAT) in New Zealand, which is 55 km (34 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Bluff-South Side is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 112 km (70 miles) away.

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The Bluff-South Side Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 21:18 Local Time
SunMonday 17
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 13 13 16 16
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 15
N 20
NW 25
Wind State cross-
cross cross

Swell History at The Bluff-South Side

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

Wind History at The Bluff-South Side

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

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