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Wainui Beach - Whales break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Wainui Beach - Whales Surf Guide

Wainui Beach - Whales in Gisborne and Mahia is an exposed beach and reef break that has very consistent surf and works all around the year. Offshore winds blow from the north northwest. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Hazards include rips and rocks.

Wainui Beach - Whales Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
14.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Wainui Beach - Whales:

The best conditions reported for surf at Wainui Beach - Whales occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Wainui Beach - Whales (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Wainui Beach - Whales with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 50% of the time in April while 49% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% 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 Wainui Beach - Whales Location Map

Interactive Wainui Beach - Whales 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 Wainui Beach - Whales is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 10 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Wainui Beach - Whales is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 133 km (83 miles) away.

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Wainui Beach - Whales Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 4 October 2022, 10:11 Local Time
Tuesday 04
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
on cross-

Swell History at Wainui Beach - Whales

Surf stats for Wainui Beach - Whales, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Wainui Beach - Whales

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

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