Geographically Dunedin is wide open to South swells ranging consistently from 1-3m, but 4-6m plus waves are a regular occurrence in the Winter months.
A combination of East and North swells from tropical cyclones offer surfers a similar wave quality around Dunedin's north coast, encompassing over 10 surf breaks from Aramoana Beach, Murdering Bay through to the little fishing village of Karitane.
Combining the north and south coast's, there is rarely a day when there is no surf with an off-shore wind.
St Clair is a popular wave for surfing that can sometimes get crowded. Hazards include sharks, rips and crowds. Waves at the beach break both ways and the right hand point is known for its consistency. Best on mid to low tide. Optimal wind direction is from the north or northwest.