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Scarborough Surf Guide

Scarborough in Canterbury is a fairly exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right with no particular seasonal pattern. Ideal winds are from the southwest. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the east northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide. It's sometimes crowded here.

Scarborough Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
20.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Scarborough:

The best conditions reported for surf at Scarborough occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Scarborough 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 8% of the time in July while 9% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 83% 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 Scarborough Location Map

Interactive Scarborough 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 Scarborough is Christchurch International Airport (CHC) in New Zealand, which is 22 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Scarborough is Timaru Airport (TIU), also in New Zealand, 149 km (93 miles) away.

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Scarborough Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 9 February 2023, 16:14 Local Time
Thursday 09Fri
Wave (m)
Period (s) 3 11 13 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross cross-

Swell History at Scarborough

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

Wind History at Scarborough

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

Scarborough Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Ross from New Zealand
“Good beach, just be careful of the strong rips on the sides, one on the right by the clocktower is particularly bad when at high tide and hosting big swells.”

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