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Waipaoa River ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Waipaoa River Surf Guide

Waipaoa River in Gisborne is a quite exposed beach/River break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded.

Waipaoa River Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waipaoa River:

The best conditions reported for surf at Waipaoa River occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Waipaoa River 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 45% of the time in May while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 23% 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 Waipaoa River Location Map

Interactive Waipaoa River 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 Waipaoa River is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Waipaoa River is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 126 km (78 miles) away.

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Waipaoa River Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 01:33 Local Time
Tuesday 18
Wave (m) 0.5
Period (s) 12 12 13 13
Wind (km/h) 20
NW 25
NW 25
WNW 25
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Waipaoa River

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

Wind History at Waipaoa River

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

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