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Robin Hood Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.5
Crowds: 3.7

Overall: 2.7

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Robin Hood Bay Surf Guide

Robin Hood Bay in Nelson is a fairly exposed beach break that has unreliable waves. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Rarely crowded here. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Robin Hood Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
17.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Robin Hood Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Robin Hood Bay 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 16% of the time in June while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 54% 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 Robin Hood Bay Location Map

Interactive Robin Hood 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 Robin Hood Bay is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 23 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Robin Hood Bay is Wellington International Airport (WLG), also in New Zealand, 61 km (38 miles) away.

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Robin Hood Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 27 February 2021, 05:34 Local Time
Saturday 27
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 8 8 7 7
Wind (km/h) 5
NW 10
NW 10
N 15
Wind State off off cross-

Swell History at Robin Hood Bay

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

Wind History at Robin Hood Bay

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

Robin Hood Bay Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s22.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.7
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s21.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.7
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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“Robin Hood Bay is a useful indicator of the vastly better spots an hour or two further south. If it is flat here it may be very small down the coast too and in this case it is worth checking if a Northwest swell is running, in which case you would be better off driving to Nelson. Robin Hood Bay is also important for Nelson and Blenheim locals who don't have many options for a surfing locally and don't necessarily want to make a long drive every time. As a result, there can be a few in.

Because it is the nearest surf spot to Picton, for traveling surfers it provides a scenic spot to park up for a few waves the evening before taking the ferry to North Island. Alternatively, if you are heading South and haven't surfed for a while, this is a good place to loosen up and get some forgiving waves.

Like all the East Coast breaks it can get big but on these days the long paddle out can be very hard work for little reward. Even on smaller days when the wind is offshore there isn't a lot of shape to the surf here.”

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