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Whites Bay Surf Guide

Whites Bay in Nelson is a fairly exposed beach break that has very consistent waves, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Whites Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
12.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Whites Bay:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Whites Bay 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.
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 Whites Bay Location Map

Interactive Whites Bay 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 Whites Bay is Woodbourne Airport (BHE) in New Zealand, 20 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Whites Bay is Wellington International Airport (WLG), also in New Zealand, 64 km (40 miles) away.

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Whites Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 6 October 2022, 16:39 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 11 12
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Whites Bay

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

Wind History at Whites Bay

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

Whites Bay Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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R C Penington from New Zealand
“I enjoyed looking at the site.

I did worry at just how accurate it is when you show Whites Bay as being in Nelson.
Whites Bay is in Marlborough

[Editors comments: fixed in database - we added a region Blenheim]”

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Discover surf breaks near Whites Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

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    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: inconsistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    51km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    51km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    55km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    55km away

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