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Backsides ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.6

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Backsides Surf Guide

Backsides in North Coast - New South Wales is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf Offshore winds are from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. No reef break here. It very rarely gets crowded here. Hazards include - Rocks - Localism - Sharks.

Backsides Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
23.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Backsides:

The best conditions reported for surf at Backsides occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Backsides with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 36% of the time in July while 49% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 15% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
36%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
49%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
15%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Backsides Location Map

Interactive Backsides 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 Backsides is Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (OOL) in Australia, which is 76 km (47 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Backsides is Brisbane International Airport (BNE), also in Australia, 169 km (105 miles) away.

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Backsides Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 17 May 2021, 21:05 Local Time
MonTue
7PM10PM1AM4AM
Wave (m) 1.5
SSE
1.6
SSE
1.6
SSE
1.5
S
Period (s) 8 7 7 8
Wind (km/h) 20
SSE 20
SSE 15
SW 20
SW
Wind State cross cross cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Backsides

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

Wind History at Backsides

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

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