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

Overall: 3.8

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Charleston break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Charleston Surf Guide

Charleston on the West Coast 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 angle is from the west southwest. The beach breaks are all lefts. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of the strong rips here.

Charleston Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach/river barIcon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Charleston:

The best conditions reported for surf at Charleston occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Charleston (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Charleston with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 35% of the time in June while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 17% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
35%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
48%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
17%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Charleston Location Map

Interactive Charleston surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. 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.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Charleston Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 10 May 2021, 07:16 Local Time
Monday 10
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m) 0.9
WSW
0.9
WSW
1.0
WSW
0.9
WSW
Period (s) 14 13 13 13
Wind (km/h) 0
WNW 0
NNE 5
NE 10
NNE
Wind State glass glass cross-
off
cross

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Swell History at Charleston

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Wind History at Charleston

Wind stats for Charleston, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Charleston. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach and point
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    14km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach/river bar
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    17km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: inconsistent
    23km away

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