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Ward Beach Surf Guide

Ward Beach in Kaikoura and Marlborough is a fairly exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the optimum swell angle is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around low tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

Ward Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
11.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ward Beach:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ward Beach 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 16% of the time in June while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 54% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
16%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
30%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
54%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Ward Beach Location Map

Interactive Ward Beach 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.

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Ward Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 15 August 2022, 03:43 Local Time
Monday 15
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m)
2
S
2.2
S
2.2
S
2.1
S
Period (s) 13 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
20
15
5
10
Wind State cross cross cross cross-
off

Swell History at Ward Beach

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

Wind History at Ward Beach

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Ward Beach: