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Gisborne is a great place for both surfing and sailing with
several good beaches both to the north and south. The drive
around the east cape to Gisborne is long but very scenic, and
further inland are the dense forests of the huge Urewera National
Park. In winter, southerly winds are predominant and in summer,
the seabreeze often sets in from the NE.
Dial-a-forecast: 0900 999 60 / 0900
Info Centre: 209 Grey St. PH 06 868
- Action Surf Shop. 179 Gladstone Rd. Ph 06 868 9591
- Blitz Surf Shop. 30 Wainui Rd. Ph 06 868 4428
Access: 2 minutes drive from town to the Yacht Club.
There's a concrete ramp from the pebbly beach to the narrow
channel. Best at 3 hours either side of high tide.
Suits: Slalom, wavesailing. Beginners......
Wind: NW is strong and consistant - good for
slalom. SE is strong and good for wavesailing
Water: NW - flat. SE,E = up to 3 metre
Watch: Hazardous reef at low tide.
Hire School: In summer from both local
Access: 10 minutes drive from town to the north,
good access from Lloyd George Rd/in front of the school. Rig
and carry down.
Suits: Wavesailing. Intermediate....
Wind: SE = cross onshore. Other South
directions Ok. Good in summer NE seabreezes and predominant
Water: 1-3 metre waves in a southerly.
Watch: Hazardous rocks. Shore break - wave
Access: 3 km south of the Gisborne township drive
down Centennial Marine Drive - the dead end road leading to
the river mouth. Sail in the river or out to the bar.
Suits: Slalom / speed in river. Wavesailing
at bar. Intermediate....
Wind: SW = cross-shore best for wavesailing
Water: Swell from E-NE best for wavesailing.
Watch: For river debris after rain. A rip
from the river mouth along shore.
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