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Tokata Surf Guide

Tokata in East Cape is an exposed beach and point break that has very reliable surf and works all around the year. Offshore winds are from the southwest with some shelter here from northwest winds. Able to handle light onshore wind Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves and also offers a left hand point break too. Best around mid tide. A remote wave spot that never gets crowded. Take care of rips and rocks.

Tokata Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
20.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tokata:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Tokata with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 15% of the time in April while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 51% 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 Tokata Location Map

Interactive Tokata 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 Tokata is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 122 km (76 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tokata is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 129 km (80 miles) away.

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Tokata Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 09:02 Local Time
Friday 26
Wave (m) 1.3
Period (s) 9 9 9 10
Wind (km/h) 15
SSE 20
SE 20
ESE 15
Wind State cross-
cross cross cross

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Swell History at Tokata

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Wind History at Tokata

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