Charleston ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

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Charleston Surf Forecast and Surf Reports

(West Coast South Island, New Zealand)

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Charleston Spot ID:

Type: beach/River Bar

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WSW | Wind ESE

Sea Temperature Today is: 18.3 °C

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Thursday, 2 April 2015, 05:34 Local time

Thursday 02
4AM 7AM 10AM 1PM
Wave (m) 2.2
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 20
S 15
S 10
SSE 15
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Charleston in West Coast South Island is a reasonably exposed beach/River Bar break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east southeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. The beach breaks offer left-handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Take care of the strong rips here.

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Live Weather:

At Westport Airport, 21 km from Charleston.

light winds from the SE

Air temperature
11 °C

Current weather near Charleston

Overall Charleston Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in April

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Charleston:

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Closest break Tauranga Bay 9 mi
Second closest break Fox River 9 mi
Third closest break Larsen Street 11 mi
Fourth closest break Shingles 14 mi
Fifth closest break Westport Breakwater 15 mi

Wave buoys nearest to Charleston:

Closest wave buoy SW Hawaii Buoy 4516 mi
Second closest wave buoy W Hawaii Buoy 4564 mi
Third closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4804 mi
Fourth closest wave buoy NW Hawaii Buoy 4865 mi
Fifth closest wave buoy N Hawaii 1 Buoy 5026 mi

Tide stations nearest to Charleston:

Closest tide station Westport 13 mi
Second closest tide station Greymouth 39 mi
Third closest tide station Hokitika River Bar 62 mi
Fourth closest tide station Mapua 97 mi
Fifth closest tide station Motueka 98 mi

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Ski Resorts closest to Charleston:

Closest ski area Temple Basin (New Zealand) 71 mi
Second closest ski area Rainbow (New Zealand) 73 mi
Third closest ski area Hanmer (New Zealand) 82 mi
Fourth closest ski area Craigieburn (New Zealand) 85 mi
Fifth closest ski area Broken River (New Zealand) 86 mi

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Town and city forecasts close to Charleston:

Closest city location Nelson (New Zealand) 104 mi
Second closest city location Christchurch (New Zealand) 130 mi
Third closest city location Blenheim (New Zealand) 132 mi
Fourth closest city location Timaru (New Zealand) 173 mi
Fifth closest city location Wellington (New Zealand) 178 mi
  • The closest passenger airport to Charleston is Westport Airport (WSZ) in New Zealand, 21 km (13 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Charleston is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 98 km (61 miles) away.
  • Third is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 163 km (101 miles) away.
  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand is 198 km (123 miles) away.
  • Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand is the fifth nearest airport to Charleston and is 206 km (128 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Charleston, West Coast South Island. Use the tab navigation above to view Charleston sea temperature, Charleston photographs, Charleston detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Charleston webcams, current wind from West Coast South Island live weather stations and Charleston tide predictions. The New Zealand swell maps link will open up the big picture showing New Zealand and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from New Zealand wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Charleston.


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