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Tom Bowling Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 2.5

Overall: 2.6

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Tom Bowling Bay Surf Guide

Tom Bowling Bay in Northland is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf The best wind direction is from the south. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the north northeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

Tom Bowling Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tom Bowling Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tom Bowling Bay occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Tom Bowling Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 10% of the time in February while 8% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 82% 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 Tom Bowling Bay Location Map

Interactive Tom Bowling 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 Tom Bowling Bay is Kaitaia Airport (KAT) in New Zealand, which is 77 km (48 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tom Bowling Bay is Kerikeri Airport (KKE), also in New Zealand, 126 km (78 miles) away.

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Tom Bowling Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 18:12 Local Time
Friday 26Sat
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 25
E 20
E 20
ESE 20
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Tom Bowling Bay

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

Wind History at Tom Bowling Bay

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

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