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Waihau Bay Surf Guide

Waihau Bay in East Cape is a fairly exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the south and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the north. The beach break provides left and right handers and there are also left and right hand reef breaks on offer. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when the surf is up, crowds are unknown.

Waihau Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waihau Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Waihau Bay occur when a North swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Waihau Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in January while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 74% 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 Waihau Bay Location Map

Interactive Waihau 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 Waihau Bay is Whakatane Airport (WHK) in New Zealand, 96 km (60 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waihau Bay is Gisborne Airport (GIS), also in New Zealand, 116 km (72 miles) away.

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Waihau Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 14 May 2021, 13:52 Local Time
Friday 14Sat
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 11 11 10 9
Wind (km/h) 15
W 15
WSW 15
W 10
Wind State cross cross-
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Swell History at Waihau Bay

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

Wind History at Waihau Bay

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

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away
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    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    32km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: very consistent
    33km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    Reliability: very consistent
    34km away

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