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Ward Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 3.2

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Ward Beach Surf Forecast / Kaikoura and Marlborough / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 5 am Saturday 17 Apr 2021 NZST
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Ward Beach surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Ward Beach sea temperature is 14.9 °C (Statistics for 17 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 14.3 max: 15.2 min: 13.2 °C)
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Ward Beach surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Ward Beach sea temperature is 14.9 °C (Statistics for 17 Apr 1981-2005 - mean: 14.3 max: 15.2 min: 13.2 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Cross-shore wind has turned cross-on at Ward Beach (fresh winds from the SSW at Cape Campbell 13 km from Ward Beach).

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1 h 26 min ago

Moderate
35 km/h
SSW
Cross-On
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Ward Beach this week:

The surf forecast for Ward Beach over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Saturday (Apr 17) at 6PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.7m and 7s period with a secondary swell of 1.5m and 7s. Another secondary swell of 0.3m and 16s is also forecast. The wind is predicted to be cross-onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Ward Beach in the next 12 days are 0.9m 16s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (Apr 20) at 3AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 1.8m 6s period and expected on Friday (Apr 23) at 12PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 6PM (Sat 17th Apr)5.5ft (1.7m) 7s
Best Surf12AM (Tue 20th Apr)2.5ft (0.8m) 15s
Most Powerful 3AM (Tue 20th Apr)3ft (0.9m) 16s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Ward Beach over the next 12 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Saturday
17
Sunday
18
Monday
19
Tuesday
20
Wednesday
21
Thursday
22
Friday
23
Saturday
24
Sunday
25
Monday
26
Tuesday
27
Wednesday
28
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.36.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.60.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.84.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.108.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.132.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.156.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.180.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.204.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.228.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.252.cc23
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S
1.9
S
0.9
SSE
0.4
SSW
0.4
SSW
0.5
S
0.5
S
0.6
S
0.8
S
0.8
SSW
0.7
SSW
0.6
S
0.5
S
0.8
ENE
0.6
ENE
0.6
E
0.4
ENE
0.3
E
0.3
ENE
0.3
ENE
1
S
0.9
S
0.8
S
0.4
SSW
0.5
S
0.5
S
0.4
SSW
0.4
SSW
0.7
S
0.9
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
SSW
0.8
S
1.4
S
1.4
S
1.3
S
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3743789870619389144302304207804010169642291712461028689127121706820034126525021294116607
25
SSW
30
SSE
15
N
5
SSW
20
NNE
10
NW
5
WNW
15
NE
10
NNW
5
NNW
25
N
10
NNW
10
SSW
15
S
10
NNW
15
NNW
25
NNW
30
NNW
25
NNW
15
WNW
10
W
10
WNW
15
NNW
30
NNW
20
NW
25
S
25
SSW
35
SSW
30
SSW
15
SW
10
NW
15
NNE
40
SSW
30
SW
40
S
10
NW
crosscross-
on
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
offoffcrossoffcross-
off
cross-
off
offcrosscross-
on
offcross-
off
cross-
off
offoffoffcross-
off
offcross-
off
offoffcross-
on
crosscrosscrosscross-
off
offcross-
off
crosscrosscross-
on
off
9:28AM
1.28
9:46PM
1.37
10:08AM
1.26
10:26PM
1.36
10:49AM
1.24
11:06PM
1.35
11:30AM
1.22
11:49PM
1.34
12:13PM
1.20
12:34AM
1.34
1:00PM
1.21
1:24AM
1.34
1:53PM
1.22
2:18AM
1.36
2:49PM
1.27
3:16AM
1.39
3:47PM
1.33
4:15AM
1.42
4:46PM
1.41
5:14AM
1.46
5:44PM
1.49
6:12AM
1.49
6:40PM
1.57
3:32PM
0.21
4:03AM
0.19
4:11PM
0.22
4:43AM
0.21
4:51PM
0.24
5:25AM
0.23
5:32PM
0.25
6:08AM
0.24
6:16PM
0.26
6:55AM
0.24
7:04PM
0.25
7:45AM
0.23
7:58PM
0.23
8:40AM
0.20
8:57PM
0.20
9:36AM
0.16
9:58PM
0.15
10:32AM
0.11
10:59PM
0.09
11:29AM
0.05
11:59PM
0.02
12:24PM
-0.00
12:58AM
-0.03

Note: the tide data above is calculated at the surf break location.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Ward Beach blow from the NW

Saturday
17
Sunday
18
Monday
19
Tuesday
20
Wednesday
21
Thursday
22
Friday
23
Saturday
24
Sunday
25
Monday
26
Tuesday
27
Wednesday
28
AMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNight
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
partially cloudy
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6:54--6:56--6:56--6:58--6:58--7:01--7:01--7:03--7:03--7:05--7:05--7:07--
-5:49--5:47--5:45--5:45--5:43--5:42--5:39--5:38--5:37--5:36--5:35--5:32-

Short Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 17°C on Mon morning, min 10°C on Sat night). Mainly fresh winds.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Light rain (total 7mm), mostly falling on Wed night. Very mild (max 19°C on Thu afternoon, min 13°C on Wed afternoon). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Light rain (total 5mm), mostly falling on Sun night. Warm (max 20°C on Fri morning, min 7°C on Sun night). Winds increasing (light winds from the WNW on Sat morning, strong winds from the SSW by Sun afternoon).

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 2mm), mostly falling on Mon night. Very mild (max 14°C on Tue morning, min 7°C on Tue night). Mainly strong winds.

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Information about the Ward Beach Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Ward Beach provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Ward Beach can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Ward Beach surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Ward Beach) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Ward Beach may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.