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Rabbit Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 2.8

Overall: 3.0

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Rabbit Island break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Rabbit Island Surf Guide

Rabbit Island in Nelson - Tasman Bay is a fairly exposed point break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the south southwest with some shelter here from southwest 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 north northwest. Prevailing left breaking waves at the point break. Best around high tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded.

Rabbit Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
14.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rabbit Island:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Rabbit Island 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 1% of the time in June while 6% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 93% 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).
Rabbit Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 24 October 2020, 19:55 Local Time
Saturday 24Sun
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 7 4 5 5
Wind (km/h) 10
NE 5
E 5
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Rabbit Island

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Wind History at Rabbit Island

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