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Latitude: 43° 33.622' S
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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
Alternative name The Bar
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
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
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
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 !
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
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............
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 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.
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