My Surf

  • My Profile
  • My Travel Map
  • My Surfed Spots
  • My Sessions
  • My Trips
  • My Pictures
  • My Messages

Anonymous surfer in south-west of France. Photo by C. Naslain, 2016.

Surf spot atlas made by surfers for surfers
Enjoy and contribute!

 Sumner Bar

New Zealand, New Zealand SI, NE Coast

Other places:

This is an interactive map! Use controls to pan and zoom this map.

Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

GPS History (1)

Latitude: 43° 33.622' S
Longitude: 172° 45.734' E

User rating (7)


  • Favourite
  • Your favourites and future surf spot lists

    Add surf spots to your profile

 Access

Paddle out from the Sumner side of the Estuary outlet - infront of Cave Rock carpark area

English (Translate this text in English): Paddle out from the Sumner side of the Estuary outlet - infront of Cave Rock carpark area

English (Translate this text in English): Paddle out from the Sumner side of the Estuary outlet - infront of Cave Rock carpark area

English (Translate this text in English): Paddle out from the Sumner side of the Estuary outlet - infront of Cave Rock carpark area

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name The Bar

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeRivermouth

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast

Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

Webcam url 

Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

Best spot for checking the wave is on top of Cave rock or Clifton hill - keeping in mind that an incoming tide, and sneaker sets can make the paddle back out after catching a wave a very long and tiring experience !

English (Translate this text in English): Best spot for checking the wave is on top of Cave rock or Clifton hill - keeping in mind that an incoming tide, and sneaker sets can make the paddle back out after catching a wave a very long and tiring experience !

English (Translate this text in English): Best spot for checking the wave is on top of Cave rock or Clifton hill - keeping in mind that an incoming tide, and sneaker sets can make the paddle back out after catching a wave a very long and tiring experience !

English (Translate this text in English): Best spot for checking the wave is on top of Cave rock or Clifton hill - keeping in mind that an incoming tide, and sneaker sets can make the paddle back out after catching a wave a very long and tiring experience !

Atmosphere

This is a fantastic wave when the big winter swells start roaring up the South East coastline.



Wrapping nearly 120 degrees around Banks Peninsula, these long clean lines can provided challenging left and right hand barrels depending on the ever-changing sand bottom - due to it?s position at the head of an estuary outlet.



An exciting wave when it's running with word spreading fast among local rippers keen to get slotted. Due to the size of the area of the estuary outlet, the paddle out, and peak season in winter - it tends not to get crowded

English (Translate this text in English): This is a fantastic wave when the big winter swells start roaring up the South East coastline.<br /><br /><br /><br />Wrapping nearly 120 degrees around Banks Peninsula, these long clean lines can provided challenging left and right hand barrels depending on the ever-changing sand bottom - due to it?s position at the head of an estuary outlet.<br /><br /><br /><br />An exciting wave when it's running with word spreading fast among local rippers keen to get slotted. Due to the size of the area of the estuary outlet, the paddle out, and peak season in winter - it tends not to get crowded

English (Translate this text in English): This is a fantastic wave when the big winter swells start roaring up the South East coastline.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Wrapping nearly 120 degrees around Banks Peninsula, these long clean lines can provided challenging left and right hand barrels depending on the ever-changing sand bottom - due to it?s position at the head of an estuary outlet.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;An exciting wave when it's running with word spreading fast among local rippers keen to get slotted. Due to the size of the area of the estuary outlet, the paddle out, and peak season in winter - it tends not to get crowded

English (Translate this text in English): This is a fantastic wave when the big winter swells start roaring up the South East coastline.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Wrapping nearly 120 degrees around Banks Peninsula, these long clean lines can provided challenging left and right hand barrels depending on the ever-changing sand bottom - due to it?s position at the head of an estuary outlet.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;An exciting wave when it's running with word spreading fast among local rippers keen to get slotted. Due to the size of the area of the estuary outlet, the paddle out, and peak season in winter - it tends not to get crowded

General

On its day - which is usually in Mid July, raining, howling southerly, and extremely grey - can offer a glimpse of Indo perfection, reminiscent of Impossibles............

English (Translate this text in English): On its day - which is usually in Mid July, raining, howling southerly, and extremely grey - can offer a glimpse of Indo perfection, reminiscent of Impossibles............

English (Translate this text in English): On its day - which is usually in Mid July, raining, howling southerly, and extremely grey - can offer a glimpse of Indo perfection, reminiscent of Impossibles............

English (Translate this text in English): On its day - which is usually in Mid July, raining, howling southerly, and extremely grey - can offer a glimpse of Indo perfection, reminiscent of Impossibles............

 Photos

Show all (3)...

Sumner bar
New Zealand

Sumner bar
New Zealand

Sumner bar
New Zealand

 Videos

Show all (0)...

No video available

 Last surf sessions

Add a surf session

Show all (0)...

No surf session

 Last surf trips

Add trip

Show all (0)...

No surf trip

 Comments

Add comment

Show all (11)...

By lofty , 03-08-2007

Chch surf - Well while I dont agree with the pointless bagging of every wave in Canterbury elsewhere here (Kaikoura is in Canterbury btw), i have to say, the Sumner Bar is a stretch.
In over 5 years of year round surfing on any beach with waves, I remember having one amazing ride out there once. And that was about it.

By Anonymous , 23-12-2006

- best break in chch ... nah waimak and taylors regularly kick butt

By Rico , 31-05-2006

- Sumner bar works a whole lot more than people realise. When the conditions are right it is easily the best break in Christchurch by far, and no, Christchurch's other waves can get good. If you don't like it then piss off. More waves for me :) With your negative attitudes its surprising you ever learnt to surf.

Errors, Feedback

You can edit this page to correct errors or add new information. If you have any problems regarding this page, Send us feedback.

Advertise

On the Go!

Wannasurf.com on your mobile

Google Play Application

RSS All the RSS feeds of Wannasurf.com

Newsletter All news by email

Friends of Wannasurf

Wannasurf Online Shop