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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 Forecast / West Coast South Island / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 5 am Thursday 13 May 2021 NZST
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Smoothwater Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Smoothwater Bay sea temperature is 15.3 °C (Statistics for 13 May 1981-2005 - mean: 13.8 max: 15.5 min: 12.3 °C)
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Smoothwater Bay surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Smoothwater Bay sea temperature is 15.3 °C (Statistics for 13 May 1981-2005 - mean: 13.8 max: 15.5 min: 12.3 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update The wind is still offshore at Smoothwater Bay (light winds from the SSE at Haast 35 km from Smoothwater Bay).

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35 km away, 51 min ago

Moderate
19 km/h
SSE
5.6
15.3
Air / Water (°C)
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Smoothwater Bay this week:

The surf forecast for Smoothwater Bay over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Thursday (May 13) at 9AM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.7m and 12s period with a secondary swell of 0.4m and 7s. The wind is predicted to be cross-offshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Smoothwater Bay in the next 12 days are 4.5m 14s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (May 18) at 3PM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.5m 6s period and expected on Sunday (May 16) at 3PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 9AM (Thu 13th May)5.5ft (1.7m) 12s
Best Surf 9PM (Fri 14th May)15ft (4.5m) 10s
Most Powerful 3PM (Tue 18th May)15ft (4.5m) 14s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Smoothwater Bay over the next 12 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.84.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.108.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.132.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.156.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.180.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.204.cc23
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1.7
WSW
1.5
WSW
1.1
WSW
2.3
NNE
4
NNE
5.5
NNE
1.7
WSW
2
WSW
2.3
WSW
2.5
WSW
2.3
WSW
2.1
WSW
1.3
WSW
3
W
3
WSW
4
WSW
4.5
WSW
4
WSW
3.5
WSW
3
WSW
3
WSW
3
WSW
3.5
WSW
3.5
WSW
3
WSW
3
WSW
4
WSW
4
WSW
4
WSW
3
WSW
2.4
WSW
2
WSW
1.9
WSW
2.4
WSW
2.5
WSW
2.2
WSW
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839626341393210358271159136616253157221216806342571279126637260623641363445230831993893397532423135656383026705433421181286997181520841725
10
SE
5
ENE
15
ESE
25
ENE
45
ENE
30
ENE
25
SW
15
WSW
15
ESE
20
ESE
20
SSE
25
SW
10
SW
25
SW
25
SW
40
WSW
25
WSW
25
W
30
W
15
WSW
15
SW
10
SSE
5
NW
10
SE
10
ESE
20
NE
20
NNE
20
WSW
15
S
15
SSE
10
SSE
10
WSW
10
SSE
10
E
0
SSE
5
NNE
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
crosscrosscrosscross-
off
offglassoffcross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross-
off
offoffcrossoffcross-
off
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12:07PM
1.98
12:24AM
1.97
12:42PM
1.94
12:58AM
1.93
1:19PM
1.88
1:35AM
1.87
1:59PM
1.81
2:17AM
1.80
2:47PM
1.74
3:08AM
1.73
3:44PM
1.67
4:08AM
1.67
4:48PM
1.64
5:16AM
1.66
5:54PM
1.65
6:23AM
1.71
6:57PM
1.71
7:24AM
1.80
7:55PM
1.81
8:18AM
1.92
8:48PM
1.92
9:09AM
2.04
9:38PM
2.04
6:17PM
0.49
6:33AM
0.49
6:51PM
0.52
7:08AM
0.53
7:28PM
0.56
7:47AM
0.57
8:09PM
0.61
8:33AM
0.62
8:56PM
0.65
9:29AM
0.65
9:53PM
0.68
10:33AM
0.66
10:59PM
0.68
11:40AM
0.61
12:07AM
0.64
12:44PM
0.53
1:10AM
0.55
1:42PM
0.42
2:07AM
0.43
2:35PM
0.30
2:58AM
0.32
3:25PM
0.20

Note: the tide data above is for Jackson Bay, New Zealand which is 2 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Smoothwater Bay.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Smoothwater Bay blow from the SSE

Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
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clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
heavy rain
heavy rain
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
heavy rain
moderate rain
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
rain showers
heavy rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
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7:50--7:52--7:52--7:54--7:54--7:56--7:56--7:58--7:58--8:00--8:00--8:02--
-5:31--5:30--5:30--5:29--5:28--5:27--5:25--5:24--5:23--5:22--5:22--5:22-

Short Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 50mm), heaviest during Sat night. Very mild (max 13°C on Fri night, min 7°C on Sat night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the ENE on Fri afternoon, calm by Sat afternoon).

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 70mm), heaviest during Sun morning. Very mild (max 12°C on Tue night, min 7°C on Mon night). Winds increasing (light winds from the SW on Mon morning, strong winds from the WSW by Tue morning).

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Heavy rain (total 27mm), heaviest during Fri night. Very mild (max 14°C on Wed morning, min 8°C on Thu morning). Winds decreasing (fresh winds from the W on Wed morning, calm by Thu morning).

Long Range Forecast: Heavy rain (total 59mm), heaviest during Mon afternoon. Very mild (max 13°C on Mon night, min 5°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Smoothwater Bay Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Smoothwater Bay provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Smoothwater Bay can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Smoothwater Bay surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Smoothwater Bay) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Smoothwater Bay may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

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