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Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay break guidePhoto by: samuel peyre

Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay Surf Guide

Magnet Bay in Banks Peninsular is an exposed reef and point break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast.The break here is a left hand point. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 35% of the time in March while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 32% 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).

Explore Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay Location Map

Interactive Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay 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 Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, 48 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay is Timaru Airport (TIU), also in New Zealand, 135 km (84 miles) away.

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Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 20:39 Local Time
SatSunday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay

Surf stats for Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay

Wind stats for Banks Peninsula - Magnet Bay, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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