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Tora-Bombora ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Tora-Bombora Surf Guide

Tora-Bombora in the Waiararpa is an exposed reef break that only works when conditions are just right. Summer in particular tends to be flat. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. There is a left hand reef break. Best around high tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Tora-Bombora Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
16.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tora-Bombora:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tora-Bombora occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Tora-Bombora 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 18% of the time in August while 31% 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.
clean
18%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
31%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
51%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tora-Bombora Location Map

Interactive Tora-Bombora 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 Tora-Bombora is Masterton Airport (MRO) in New Zealand, 60 km (37 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tora-Bombora is Wellington International Airport (WLG), also in New Zealand, 64 km (40 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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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.
Tora-Bombora Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 01:47 Local Time
MonTuesday 09
10PM1AM4AM7AM
Wave (m) 3.0
SSW
2.5
SSW
2.3
SSW
2.1
SSW
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 10
SSW 5
W 5
NNW 10
NNW
Wind State cross-
on
glass off cross-
off

Swell History at Tora-Bombora

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

Wind History at Tora-Bombora

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Tora-Bombora. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s22.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    14km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    27km away

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