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Smoothwater Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 3.8

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Smoothwater Bay Surf Guide

Smoothwater Bay in West Coast South Island is an exposed point break that is often working and works all around the year. Ideal winds are from the south southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. The ideal swell angle is from the northwest. No point break here and there is also a left hand reef break. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Crowds are never a problem here. Beware of - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Sharks.

Smoothwater Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
15.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Smoothwater Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Smoothwater Bay 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 11% of the time in August while 20% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 69% 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 Smoothwater Bay Location Map

Interactive Smoothwater 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 Smoothwater Bay is Wanaka Airport (WKA) in New Zealand, 98 km (61 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Smoothwater Bay is Queenstown Airport (ZQN), also in New Zealand, 117 km (73 miles) away.

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Smoothwater Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 13 May 2021, 09:32 Local Time
Thursday 13
Wave (m) 1.7
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 10
SE 5
NE 5
ENE 10
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

Swell History at Smoothwater Bay

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

Wind History at Smoothwater Bay

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

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