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Inner Cut break guide

Inner Cut Surf Guide

The Cut-Nelson Harbour in Nelson is a fairly exposed reef break that has unreliable waves. Spring and Summer provide the best conditions. The best wind direction is from the southeast. Groundswells are more common than windswells and the best swell direction is from the north. A right hand reef break. Best around mid tide when the tide is falling. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded.

Inner Cut Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
11.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Inner Cut:

The best conditions reported for surf at Inner Cut occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Inner Cut 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 4% of the time in August while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 79% 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 Inner Cut Location Map

Interactive Inner Cut 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 Inner Cut is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 5 km (3 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Inner Cut is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 58 km (36 miles) away.

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Inner Cut Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 17 August 2022, 13:12 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Inner Cut

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

Wind History at Inner Cut

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

Inner Cut Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Rob Davies from New Zealand
“I shouldn't really review a place I have never surfed, but what the heck. My mate from Nelson has surfed The Cut and sent me an email which I'll quote below:

"This is a sweet and deceptively powerful wave. A gem in Nelson that works on a Westerly and even a NW. The paddle out is far too long, the other two riders had a dinghy. This is a good idea as once you are out it takes a while for your arms and shoulders to recover."

I've got a lot of respect for the whole Nelson area. It's totally off the map for most surfers but when it is working (NW swell needed) the surf is classy.

Twice in 2009 I set off on big trips out of the Nelson area to surf Kaikoura one trip and Gissie and East Cape on the other.

4 weeks on the road in total, and inevitably some great waves, but both times I had better waves in the Nelson area. Go figure.”

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