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The Glen break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

The Glen Surf Guide

The Glen in Nelson - Tasman Bay is an exposed beach break that has unreliable waves with no particular seasonal pattern. Ideal winds are from the southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. Waves at the beach tend to peel to the right. Best around mid tide. A remote wave spot that never gets crowded. Beware of - Urchins - Rocks.

The Glen Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
12.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Glen:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Glen 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 23% of the time in August while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 38% 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 The Glen Location Map

Interactive The Glen 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 The Glen is Nelson Airport (NSN) in New Zealand, 18 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Glen is Woodbourne Airport (BHE), also in New Zealand, 56 km (35 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
The Glen Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 13 August 2022, 00:07 Local Time
FriSaturday 13
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 18 17
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-

Swell History at The Glen

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

Wind History at The Glen

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To The Glen: