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Woodpecker Bay Surf Guide

Woodpecker Bay in West Coast South Island is a sheltered beach break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the south southeast with some shelter here from south southwest winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. No beach break here as well as right and left (best) hand reef breaks. Crowds are never a problem here. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Woodpecker Bay Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Woodpecker Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Woodpecker Bay occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Woodpecker 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 22% of the time in June while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 47% 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 Woodpecker Bay Location Map

Interactive Woodpecker 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.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
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Woodpecker Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 10 May 2021, 08:29 Local Time
Monday 10
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 13 13 13 18
Wind (km/h) 5
NNE 10
N 15
NNE 10
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Woodpecker Bay

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

Wind History at Woodpecker Bay

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

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

    • Icon beach  redBeach/river bar
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach/river bar
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away
    • Icon beachBeach and point
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    29km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    33km away

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