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Back Wash Surf Guide

Back Wash in Benin - Bight of Benin is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf. Winter and spring are the favoured times of year to visit. Works best in offshore winds from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south. Best around mid tide. A remote wave spot that never gets crowded. Watch out for Rips.

Back Wash Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
28.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Back Wash:

The best conditions reported for surf at Back Wash occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Back Wash with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 18% of the time in January while 81% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 1% 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 Back Wash Location Map

Interactive Back Wash 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. The closest passenger airport to Back Wash is Cotonou Cadjehoun Airport (COO) in Benin, which is 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Back Wash is Lome Tokoin Airport (LFW) in Togo, 111 km (69 miles) away.

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Back Wash Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 27 January 2023, 14:39 Local Time
Friday 27Sat
Wave (m)
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
on cross-

Swell History at Back Wash

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

Wind History at Back Wash

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

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