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Canterbury Surf

Detailed Canterbury surf forecast maps and the latest eyeball surf report from local surfers in the region. Near-shore swell is shown on the map together with the surf forecast rating for spots in Canterbury. Find the best places to surf in offshore conditions by selecting the wind option on the forecast map. Windsurfers and kite surfers can also use this option to find more favorable cross-shore conditions in Canterbury. Our local Wavefinder indicates where some of the best conditions are likely to be found in Canterbury over the next 7 days. Surf photos from Canterbury and reviews of the best spots and surfing conditions have been provided by local surfers.

Canterbury Surf Forecast

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Canterbury Surf Forecast map for predicting the best wave and wind conditions across the region. For surfers, the map shows the most powerful swell tracking across near-shore open water and not the peak waves experienced by boats out at sea. Move your mouse over the ocean swell symbols or the surf breaks on the coastline to see a more detailed surf forecast including wave period and wind conditions. The forecast updates every 6 hours and most live weather reports update every hour. You can animate the Canterbury Surf map or show live wind and wave conditions as reported from wavebuoys and local weather stations. Surf breaks shown along the Canterbury coastline are also listed below.

Canterbury Photos

Canterbury Wavefinder

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Best forecast wave conditions in Canterbury
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Rating5
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Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
2.5

ENE
2.3

ENE
1.7

ENE
1.2

ENE
1.1

ENE
1.0

ENE
1.4

ENE
1.5

ENE
1.1

E
1.0

ENE
0.8

ENE
0.6

E
0.6

E
0.3

E
0.3

E
0.3

ENE
2.5

NE
1.0

ENE
Period(s) (?)910101010111212111010109999910
Energy(?)1138108663429424524554958327523113667631514161017214
Wind
(km/h)
15 N15
20 NNW20
10 W10
15 SW15
10 NW10
10 NW10
10 ENE10
10 N10
10 NNW10
5 ENE5
10 SW10
5 NW5
20 NE20
10 NNW10
25 N25
20 NNE20
25 NNW25
25 SSW25
Wind State(?)cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
glasscross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
off
High Tide
/ height (m)

6:26PM
2.18
6:52AM
2.03

7:42PM
2.11
8:11AM
1.97

8:41PM
2.03
9:55AM
1.75

10:21PM
1.88
10:53AM
1.81

11:17PM
1.80
11:49AM
1.77

12:11AM
1.73

Low Tide
/ height (m)

12:42AM
0.00

1:24PM
-0.03
2:00AM
0.03

2:23PM
0.05
2:58AM
0.08
3:42AM
0.01
4:06PM
0.08

4:38AM
0.08
5:04PM
0.16

5:33AM
0.13

6:01PM
0.22
5:46AM
0.23
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
Summary
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Rain (mm)
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High °C
13121215101011101011101012914161610
Low °C
1211111277109810981189141410
Chill °C (?)
111011141091081011991071215157
Sunrise
--7:54--7:52--7:52--7:50--7:52--8:00
Sunset
5:09--5:13--5:15--5:13--5:15--5:17--
Swell1 (m) & direction
2.5

ENE
2.3

ENE
1.7

ENE
1.2

ENE
1.1

ENE
1.0

ENE
1.4

ENE
1.5

ENE
1.1

E
1.0

ENE
0.8

ENE
0.6

E
0.6

E
0.4

NE
0.3

E
0.3

ENE
2.5

NE
1.0

ENE
Period (s)910101010111212111010109499910
Swell2 (m) & direction
0.6

S
0.5

S
0.4

S
0.4

SSE
0.3

SSE
0.4

ENE
0.2

S
0.2

SSW
0.2

S
0.3

SSW
0.3

SSW
0.2

S
0.2

S
0.3

E
0.2

ENE
0.1

E
0.1

S
0.1

SE
Period (s)1110101091488102019181797171814
Wind waves (m) & direction
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-

-
0.4

WSW

-

-

-

-
0.4

NE
0.4

NE

-
0.1

W
0.1

NE
0.6

NE
0.9

N
0.9

NNE
4.0

NNE
1.5

SSW
Period (s)---3----34-3244495


Canterbury Surf Breaks

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.