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Delaware Bay Point break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Delaware Bay Point Surf Guide

Delaware Bay Point in Nelson is a quite exposed point break that has reasonably consistent surf. Spring and Summer provide the optimum conditions. Offshore winds are from the south. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the north.The break here is a left hand point. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Delaware Bay Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Delaware Bay Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Delaware Bay Point occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Delaware Bay Point 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 5% of the time in June while 16% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 79% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Delaware Bay Point 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 Delaware Bay Point is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 24 km (15 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Delaware Bay Point is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 54 km (34 miles) away.

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Delaware Bay Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 14 August 2022, 20:59 Local Time
SunMonday 15
Wave (m)
Period (s) - - - 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off cross-

Swell History at Delaware Bay Point

Surf stats for Delaware Bay Point, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Delaware Bay Point

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

Delaware Bay Point Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Rob Davies from New Zealand
“When there is a big NW swell and light or offshore winds (sadly, not all that common) the bar at Delaware Bay offers an excellent very hollow left hander that pitches over gravel in just a foot or two of water. Try and avoid a potentially neck-breaking head-plant but otherwise the gravel usually makes for a reasonably soft landing. This is a good thing because at least half the time, being dumped on the bar is exactly how your ride will end. If you don't fancy the prospect of being worked, sit wide of the action and pick off the bigger set waves. These provide an easy take-off and a very long left hand wall and an easy exit, but no tube.

Delaware Bay is well checking when Schnapper is at least head-high on the sets and too crowded.

It's a long walk across the estuary from where you park (about a mile) and you will have to cross and re-cross a fast flowing and cold river two or three times. At least this keeps the numbers down. It's almost impossible to see Delaware Bay from any vantage points apart from a very distant obstructed view from the road out to Cable Bay.”

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