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Old Man's Hat break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Old Man's Hat Surf Guide

Old Man's Hat in Gisborne and Mahia is a fairly exposed reef break that has unreliable waves with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the southwest and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Still reasonable in light onshore winds Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the east. There is no reef break. Best around mid tide. Rarely crowded here. Rocks are a hazard.

Old Man's Hat Spot Info

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

Surfing Old Man's Hat:

The best conditions reported for surf at Old Man's Hat 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 Old Man's Hat (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Old Man's Hat 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 16% of the time in May while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 62% 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 Old Man's Hat Location Map

Interactive Old Man's Hat 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 Old Man's Hat is Gisborne Airport (GIS) in New Zealand, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Old Man's Hat is Whakatane Airport (WHK), also in New Zealand, 156 km (97 miles) away.

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Old Man's Hat Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 23 May 2022, 03:02 Local Time
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Swell History at Old Man's Hat

Surf stats for Old Man's Hat, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Old Man's Hat

Wind stats for Old Man's Hat, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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