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Magnets Surf Guide

Magnets in Nelson - Tasman Bay is an exposed reef break. Spring and Summer provide the best conditions. Offshore winds blow from the southeast with some shelter here from southeast winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. No reef break here. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Hazards include - Urchins - Rocks.

Magnets Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
12.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Magnets:

The best conditions reported for surf at Magnets occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Magnets with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 26% of the time in August while 42% 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 Magnets Location Map

Interactive Magnets 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 Magnets is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 32 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Magnets is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 54 km (34 miles) away.

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Magnets Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 14 August 2022, 22:22 Local Time
SunMonday 15
Wave (m)
Period (s) - - 6 4
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross-

Swell History at Magnets

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

Wind History at Magnets

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

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