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TheFences ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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TheFences Surf Guide

TheFences in Wanganui-Manawatu is a fairly exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the west. There is a right hand reef break. Best around mid tide. It very rarely gets crowded here.

TheFences Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing TheFences:

The best conditions reported for surf at TheFences occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing TheFences with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 8% of the time in August while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 47% 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).

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Interactive TheFences 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 TheFences is Wanganui Airport (WAG) in New Zealand, 31 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to TheFences is Palmerston North Airport (PMR), also in New Zealand, 94 km (58 miles) away.

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TheFences Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 16 April 2021, 03:28 Local Time
Friday 16
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 7 8 7 7
Wind (km/h) 30
WNW 25
WNW 25
WNW 30
Wind State cross-
cross cross

Swell History at TheFences

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

Wind History at TheFences

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

TheFences Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
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Brent from New Zealand
“Good when solid ground swell wrapping round down Nukumaru. Wave gets flat and long walk back”

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