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Cowries ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Cowries

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Cowries

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Type: reef and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell ENE | Wind WSW

Sea Temperature Today is: 21.4 °C

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Monday, 2 May 2016, 15:53 Local time
Monday 02
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Wave (m) 0.5
SSW
0.5
ENE
0.5
ENE
0.5
ENE
Period (s) 10 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 5
NNE 5
NW 10
WSW
Wind State cross cross-
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Cowries on the South Coast is a quite exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. A right hand reef break Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Watch out for urchins, rocks and locals.

New-South-Wales wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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Cowries Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Wollongong Airport, 9 km from Cowries.

light winds from the NE

km/h
Air temperature
20.5 °C

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Overall Cowries Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

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  • The closest passenger airport to Cowries is Camden Airport (CDU) in Australia, 62 km (39 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Cowries is Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU), also in Australia, 74 km (46 miles) away.
  • Third is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD) in Australia, 76 km (47 miles) away.
  • Richmond Airport (RCM) in Australia is 109 km (68 miles) away.
  • Canberra Airport (CBR), also in Australia is the fifth nearest airport to Cowries and is 173 km (107 miles) away.
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