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The Island (Island Bay) Surf Guide

The Island (Island Bay) in Wellington is an exposed reef break that only works once in a while. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southeast. There is no beach break as well as a right hand reef break.. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care to avoid the rocks.

The Island (Island Bay) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Island (Island Bay):

The best conditions reported for surf at The Island (Island Bay) occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Island (Island Bay) with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 35% of the time in May while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 32% 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 Island (Island Bay) Location Map

Interactive The Island (Island 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 The Island (Island Bay) is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Island (Island Bay) is Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ), also in New Zealand, 53 km (33 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 Island (Island Bay) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 30 May 2023, 05:03 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 18 17 16 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at The Island (Island Bay)

Surf stats for The Island (Island Bay), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at The Island (Island Bay)

Wind stats for The Island (Island Bay), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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Wave Buoys Nearest To The Island (Island Bay):

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