Wainui Beach Spot Guide

About Wainui Beach

Wainui Beach is a quality beach break setup just outside of Gisborne that has been compared to Hossegor and South Straddie, although it can't quite handle the same size as these more famous beach breaks. That being said, it can get quite hollow and produce fun barrels in the chest- to head-high range. Tends to get crowded when its good, especially on weekends. Numerous peaks available, all of which can get good on their day. At the northern end is a series of peaks called Whales, the site of a massive sperm whale grave. In 1970, 59 of the mammals beached themselves there.

Source: Wainui Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Hollow beach break that may be a bit much for beginners.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Locals are generally friendly.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Crowded in summer, especially on weekends.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Hollow beach break with lots of options.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Moderate rips when swell is pumping.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Water stays pretty pristine.

Additional Information

Hazards

Rips, rocks.

Access

Follow Wainui Road to the beach and walk down from the parking lot.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

Summer.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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