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Leithfield Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Leithfield Beach Surf Guide

Leithfield Beach in Kaikoura is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the west northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

Leithfield Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Leithfield Beach:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Leithfield Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 33% of the time in July while 27% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 40% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
33%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
27%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
40%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Leithfield Beach Location Map

Interactive Leithfield 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 Leithfield Beach is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, 39 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Leithfield Beach is Hokitika Airport (HKK), also in New Zealand, 155 km (96 miles) away.

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Leithfield Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 6 May 2021, 18:47 Local Time
Thursday 06Fri
3PM6PM9PM0AM
Wave (m) 0.6
SSE
0.5
SE
0.4
SE
0.4
SE
Period (s) 17 16 16 15
Wind (km/h) 15
ENE 15
NE 10
NNE 10
NE
Wind State cross-
on
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Swell History at Leithfield Beach

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

Wind History at Leithfield Beach

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

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