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Waitara Bar ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 4.2
Difficulty Level: 4.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.8
Crowds: 4.2

Overall: 4.2

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Waitara Bar Surf Guide

Waitara Bar in Taranaki is a fairly exposed beach/River Bar break that has unreliable waves. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the south southeast. Poor surf in light onshore winds Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

Waitara Bar Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
17.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Waitara Bar:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Waitara Bar with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 26% of the time in June while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 26% 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).

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Waitara Bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 21:22 Local Time
SunMonday 17
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 13 16 16 15
Wind (km/h) 25
N 30
NNE 25
NNE 30
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Waitara Bar

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

Wind History at Waitara Bar

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

Waitara Bar Reviews:

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Based on 7 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.2
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.2
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.4
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s54.8
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.2
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Tom Pilkinton from New Zealand
“Waitara is a sick spot that offers left and right bar reef but mostly bar breaks at high and low tides. If your not from Waitara or know the locals good luck getting a wave on a good day and don't be surprised if you get asked to leave the water :)”

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