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Sumner Bar ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.1
Consistency of Surf: 1.9
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.2
Crowds: 3.8

Overall: 3.5

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Sumner Bar break guidePhoto by: robd

Sumner Bar Surf Guide

Sumner Bar in Kaikoura is a fairly exposed beach/River Bar break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds are from the southwest. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

Sumner Bar Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeach/river barIcon  s33.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
11.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sumner Bar:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sumner Bar 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 Sumner Bar (for consistent clean waves)?

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Sumner Bar 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).

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Sumner Bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 15:17 Local Time
Wednesday 23Thu
Wave (m) 0.6
Period (s) 10 10 18 18
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass on on on

Swell History at Sumner Bar

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

Wind History at Sumner Bar

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

Sumner Bar Reviews:

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Based on 15 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.1
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s21.9
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.2
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.8
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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ood from New Zealand
“I've scored it and found it to be a fast hollow wall that rolls in fast and doubles in size as water is sucked off the bar causing a barrel that breaks below sea level which creates an even rounder shape than a wave that pitches to the flats ! Very rare to score it working properly.”

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