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Fletchers Beach break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Fletchers Beach Surf Guide

Fletchers Beach in Nelson - West Coast is a reasonably exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the south southwest with some shelter here from south winds. Easily blown out by an onshore breeze Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach breaks consists of lefts and also offers a left hand point break too. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include rips and rocks.

Fletchers Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Fletchers Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Fletchers Beach occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Fletchers Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 51% of the time in October while 41% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% 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 Fletchers Beach 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 Fletchers Beach is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 98 km (61 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Fletchers Beach is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 149 km (93 miles) away.

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Fletchers Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 May 2022, 09:16 Local Time
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Period (s) 18 18 17 7
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Swell History at Fletchers Beach

Surf stats for Fletchers Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Fletchers Beach

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

Fletchers Beach Reviews:

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Rob Davies from New Zealand
“A stunning place. Apart from a few seals, the chances are you will have the beach to yourself. Park at the Cape Farewell car park and walk 100m to check the wind and swell conditions from the nearby viewpoint. There are sometimes tasty waves breaking over reefs in the cove here but sheer cliffs prevent access so this is just an indicator. If it looks like there is clean swell, Fletchers is a 10 minute walk east, across the paddocks on the marked trail in the direction of Fossil point and Farewell Spit. The west end of the bay is an enormous cave entrance and there is a lovely grassy balcony overlooking the waves in the mouth of the cave.

Like all Nelson West Coast waves Fletchers is fickle, needing wind, tide and swell to cooperate. In its favour, it faces due north which means it has a fair proportion of SW offshore days. Because the prevailing Tasman Sea swell is also from the SW, Fletchers is less exposed than any of the other breaks in the region apart from Fossil Point (head here if Fletchers is clean but too big).

Since this swell is often too big for more exposed breaks, this shelter is a good thing making Fletchers and nearby Pillar Point the only surfabale waves this side of Westport when a medium to large Tasman Sea swell is running.

Fletchers likes a SW swell of between 1m (will be knee to waist) and 3m (will be just overhead). Any bigger than that and there will generally be too much surging water as the swell hits the coast almost sideways here. In big swells you sometimes see waves peeling vast distances over sandbars far offshore but you would really need boat support to take these on.

Like most breaks in this region, waves break left (perhaps not in a NW swell - I have never checked).

It's best at about mid-tide when waves peel from an obvious 5m high rock below sheer cliffs at the west side. Waves peel right across the bay, allowing rides of 100m+.
As the tide rises, backwash from the cliffs increases and getting in and out of the water becomes tricky. Low tide can be ok but there is less shelter from any wind.

Sometimes wind and currents make the long paddle back too difficult so a better option is to walk around to the cave mouth for an easier, shorter paddle out. On big days, take care not to ride past the end of the beach as the surging current may prevent you from getting back and exiting on the kelp and mussel encrusted reef here is very sketchy. If things look desperate, it is probably safest to paddle away from the shore and let the wind and rip take you to the base of Farewell Spit. Then walk back along the coast path.

East winds are fairly common here but they make it very choppy. In these conditions, nearby Wharariki is a better bet. West winds are not so bad but ideally wind should be from SE to WSW.”

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