Future nearshore wave energy converter (WEC) arrays will influence coastal wave and sediment dynamics, yet there are limited numerical methodologies to quantify their possible impacts. A novel coupled WEC-Wave numerical method was developed to quantify these possible influences on the nearshore coastal wave climate. The power performance of an Oscillating Surge Wave Energy Converter (OSWEC) array was simulated to quantify the wave energy dissipation due to the array. The OSWEC’s effect on the local wave climate was quantified by a novel coupling of two numerical models, WEC–Sim and XBeach. WEC–Sim characterizes the power extraction and wave energy transmission across the OSWEC, while XBeach captures the change in wave dynamics due to the WEC and propagates the waves to shore. This novel methodology provides the ability to directly quantify the impact of the effect of a WEC array on the local wave climate. Three case studies were analyzed to quantify the impact of a single WEC on breaking conditions and to quantify the impact of number of WECs and the array spacing on the local nearshore wave climate. Results indicate that when the WEC is placed 1100 m offshore, one WEC will cause a 1% reduction in wave height at the break point (Hsbp). As the WEC is placed further offshore, the change in Hsbp will become even smaller. Although the change in wave height from one WEC is small, WEC arrays magnify the cross–shore extent, area of influence and the magnitude of influence based on the spacing and number of WECs. For arrays with 10 or 15 WECs, the cross–shore extent was on average 200–300 m longer when the WECs were placed one to two WEC widths apart, compared with being spaced three or four widths apart. When the spacing was one WEC width apart (18 m), there was a 30% greater spatial impact on the nearshore region than arrays spaced three or four widths apart. The trend for the average transmission coefficient is within 5% for a 5, 10 or 15 WEC array, with a cumulative average of 78% transmission across all conditions.