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Tahunanui bar Surf Guide

Tahunanui bar in Nelson - Tasman Bay is an exposed sandbar break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the south and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Easily blown out by onshore winds Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the north northwest. Prevailing left breaking waves at the sandbar break. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Tahunanui bar Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon sandbar  redSandbarIcon  s0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
11.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tahunanui bar:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tahunanui bar occur when a North-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Tahunanui bar 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 4% of the time in June while 15% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 81% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
4%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
15%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
81%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tahunanui bar Location Map

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Tahunanui bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 13:28 Local Time
Wednesday 17Thu
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Wave (m)
3.5
N
3
N
2.5
N
2.5
N
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
25
25
20
15
Wind State on on on cross-
on

Swell History at Tahunanui bar

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

Wind History at Tahunanui bar

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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