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Waimarama ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.1
Consistency of Surf: 4.1
Difficulty Level: 3.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.8
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 4.0

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Waimarama break guidePhoto by: Darryl Burt

Waimarama Surf Guide

Waimarama in Hawkes Bay is a reasonably exposed beach and reef break that usually has waves and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the southwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. The beach break provides left and right handers and there are also left and right hand reef breaks on offer.. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Waimarama Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waimarama:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Waimarama 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 18% of the time in May while 15% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 67% 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 Waimarama Location Map

Interactive Waimarama 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 Waimarama is Palmerston North Airport (PMR) in New Zealand, 130 km (81 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waimarama is Taupo Airport (TUO), also in New Zealand, 144 km (89 miles) away.

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Waimarama Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 15:50 Local Time
Saturday 08Sun
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 10
NNE 10
NW 10
Wind State on cross-
cross cross

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Swell History at Waimarama

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Wind History at Waimarama

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

Waimarama Reviews:

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Based on 9 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s44.0
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.1
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.1
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.4
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s32.8
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.3
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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bayden mackenzie from New Zealand
“Waimaz is an awesome place for every level of surfing from beginners to people who can surf. I strongly recommend Waimaz and we need more fit chicks to come surf ;)”

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