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Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Whale Watch Reef Surf Forecast / Kaikoura and Marlborough / New Zealand

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 5 pm Wednesday 12 May 2021 NZST
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Whale Watch Reef surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Whale Watch Reef sea temperature is 14.2 °C (Statistics for 12 May 1981-2005 - mean: 12.6 max: 13.9 min: 10.9 °C)
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Whale Watch Reef surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Whale Watch Reef sea temperature is 14.2 °C (Statistics for 12 May 1981-2005 - mean: 12.6 max: 13.9 min: 10.9 °C)

Eyeball surf reportRecent Eyeball Surf Reports for Kaikoura and Marlborough

  1. weather stationWind Update The wind is still cross-off at Whale Watch Reef (moderate winds from the W at Kaikoura 2 km from Whale Watch Reef).

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Actual: 47 min ago

Moderate
20 km/h
W
Cross-Off
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Whale Watch Reef this week:

The surf forecast for Whale Watch Reef over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Friday (May 14) at 3PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 2.2m and 6s period. The wind is predicted to be onshore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Whale Watch Reef in the next 12 days are 3.0m 7s and forecast to arrive on Saturday (May 15) at 12AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-onshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 3.5m 11s period and expected on Tuesday (May 18) at 9PM.

Wave TypeTime (NZST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+) 3PM (Fri 14th May)7ft (2.2m) 6s
Best Surf 3PM (Fri 14th May)7ft (2.2m) 6s
Most Powerful12AM (Sat 15th May)10ft (3.0m) 7s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Whale Watch Reef 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
Wed
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Mon
24
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T newzealand.htsgw.metric.48.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.72.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.96.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.120.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.144.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.168.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.192.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.216.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.240.cc23
T newzealand.htsgw.metric.264.cc23
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0.2
ENE
1.3
SE
1.6
SSE
1.5
SSE
0.6
NNE
1.5
ENE
2.2
NE
3
NNE
0.9
NNE
1.3
E
1.1
E
1.5
NNE
0.6
E
0.7
E
0.9
ENE
0.9
ENE
0.7
E
0.6
E
0.5
E
0.4
ENE
0.4
ENE
0.4
ENE
0.3
ENE
0.3
E
0.2
E
0.6
NNE
0.2
ENE
0.2
ENE
0.2
ENE
0.2
ENE
0.2
ENE
0.1
NE
0.2
ENE
0.4
ENE
1.7
ENE
0.1
E
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20
SSW
10
SW
10
N
15
ENE
20
NNE
25
NNE
20
NE
5
NNW
10
WNW
15
SSE
15
NNE
10
WNW
0
WNW
15
WSW
10
NNW
10
N
10
NNW
15
W
35
W
20
WSW
5
WNW
10
NE
5
WNW
10
WSW
20
S
10
N
15
NNE
0
NE
10
W
10
SW
15
SSW
10
WSW
15
SW
20
SSW
15
SSW
10
SW
cross-
off
offcross-
on
oncross-
on
ononcross-
on
cross-
off
cross-
off
oncross-
off
glasscross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
offglassoncross-
off
offcross-
off
cross-
on
onglasscross-
off
offcross-
off
offoffoffoffoff
5:22PM
1.89
5:42AM
1.80
6:04PM
1.90
6:24AM
1.79
6:43PM
1.89
7:07AM
1.77
7:23PM
1.87
7:52AM
1.75
8:04PM
1.86
8:39AM
1.74
8:48PM
1.84
9:25AM
1.73
9:35PM
1.82
10:11AM
1.73
10:26PM
1.82
10:58AM
1.76
11:18PM
1.85
11:47AM
1.81
12:10AM
1.90
12:38PM
1.88
1:01AM
1.96
1:30PM
1.97
1:54AM
2.02
11:37PM
0.68
11:49AM
0.66
12:15AM
0.69
12:28PM
0.67
12:55AM
0.69
1:08PM
0.68
1:37AM
0.69
1:50PM
0.68
2:22AM
0.67
2:36PM
0.67
3:09AM
0.65
3:24PM
0.65
3:58AM
0.62
4:14PM
0.62
4:49AM
0.58
5:04PM
0.58
5:39AM
0.53
5:56PM
0.52
6:29AM
0.46
6:49PM
0.47
7:19AM
0.41
7:45PM
0.42
8:10AM
0.36

Note: the tide data above is for Kaikoura, New Zealand which is 2 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Whale Watch Reef.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Whale Watch Reef blow from the SW

Wed
12
Thursday
13
Friday
14
Saturday
15
Sunday
16
Monday
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Mon
24
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
moderate rain
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
clear
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5:16--5:15--5:15--5:14--5:13--5:12--5:10--5:09--5:08--5:07--5:07--5:07--

Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 9mm), mostly falling on Wed afternoon. Very mild (max 18°C on Sat morning, min 6°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Some drizzle, heaviest during Mon night. Very mild (max 16°C on Sun afternoon, min 10°C on Sun night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Light rain (total 3mm), mostly falling on Tue night. Very mild (max 14°C on Thu morning, min 5°C on Tue night). Winds decreasing (strong winds from the SW on Tue afternoon, calm by Wed morning).

Long Range Forecast: Mostly dry. Very mild (max 14°C on Fri afternoon, min 10°C on Sat night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Whale Watch Reef Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Whale Watch Reef provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Whale Watch Reef can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Whale Watch Reef 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 (Whale Watch Reef) 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 Whale Watch Reef 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.

Whale Watch Reef is 101 km (63 miles) from the city of Blenheim. If you plan a holiday in Kaikoura and Marlborough, look for hotels and other accommodation in Blenheim. Blenheim has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.