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White Rock ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.6
Consistency of Surf: 2.8
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.2

Overall: 2.9

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White Rock Surf Guide

White rock in the Waiararpa is an exposed beach and reef break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the north northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and in addition, both left and right reef breaks add variety. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for rips and rocks.

White Rock Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing White Rock:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing White Rock with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 27% of the time in October while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 39% 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 White Rock Location Map

Interactive White Rock 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 White Rock is Wellington International Airport (WLG) in New Zealand, 56 km (35 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to White Rock is Masterton Airport (MRO), also in New Zealand, 69 km (43 miles) away.

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White Rock Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 15 May 2021, 20:14 Local Time
SatSunday 16
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 9 9 8 9
Wind (km/h) 5
ENE 10
NNE 15
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at White Rock

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

Wind History at White Rock

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

White Rock Reviews:

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Based on 6 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s32.9
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s54.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.8
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.2
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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warren.e.blake. from New Zealand
“After 30 yrs surfing NZ I HAVE NEVER SURFED ANY OTHER WAVE AS REMOTELY HEAVY AS WHITE ROCK SPIT ..AT 4 T0 6 METERS THIS WAVE STARTS TO FIRE seen it at well over 20 ft and it never looked like closing out. Ridden it up to 15. Bloody scary wave; easily the most powerful wave in NZ: check out a bathymetry map and you will see that it over hangs the Hikarangi trough, the deepest water off our coast.”

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    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon reef  redReef
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    17km away

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