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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 Forecast / NSW – North Coast / Australia

12 Day Weather and Surf, issued 3 pm Monday 17 May 2021 AEST
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Backsides surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Backsides sea temperature is 23.2 °C (Statistics for 17 May 1981-2005 - mean: 23.2 max: 24.8 min: 22.4 °C)
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Backsides surf forecast is for near shore open water. Breaking waves will often be smaller at less exposed spots.
Today's Backsides sea temperature is 23.2 °C (Statistics for 17 May 1981-2005 - mean: 23.2 max: 24.8 min: 22.4 °C)

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  1. weather stationWind Update Still cross-shore at Backsides (light winds from the S at BallinaArptAws 5 km from Backsides).

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Actual: 59 min ago

Moderate
17 km/h
S
Cross-Shore
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Best Forecast Surf Conditions for Backsides this week:

The surf forecast for Backsides over the next 12 days: The first swell (rated 1 star or higher) is forecast to arrive on Monday (May 17) at 10PM. The primary swell is predicted to be 1.6m and 7s period with a secondary swell of 0.5m and 9s. The wind is predicted to be cross-shore as the swell arrives.

The most powerful waves expected at Backsides in the next 12 days are 2.0m 11s and forecast to arrive on Tuesday (May 18) at 10AM. Winds are predicted to be cross-offshore at the time the swell arrives. The largest open ocean swell (not directed at the beach) is 0.2m 10s period and expected on Monday (May 17) at 10PM.

Wave TypeTime (AEST) & Date Wave Height & Period
Next good surf (1 star+)10PM (Mon 17th May)5ft (1.6m) 7s
Best Surf10AM (Tue 18th May)6.5ft (2.0m) 11s
Most Powerful10AM (Tue 18th May)6.5ft (2.0m) 11s

Table - best surf conditions forecast for Backsides over the next 12 days.

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Rating
(10 max)
Swell
Height Map
Wave Height (m) & direction (?)
Period(s) (?)
Wave
Graph
(?)Metric surfscale
Energy (?)
Wind
(km/h)
Wind State (?)
onshore
cross-onshore
cross-shore
cross-offshore
offshore
glassy
High Tide
/ height (m)
Low Tide
/ height (m)
Summary
Rain (mm)
High °C
Low °C
Chill °C (?)
Sunrise
Sunset
Mon
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wednesday
26
Thursday
27
Friday
28
Sat
29
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
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T new south wales.htsgw.metric.102.cc23
T new south wales.htsgw.metric.126.cc23
T new south wales.htsgw.metric.150.cc23
T new south wales.htsgw.metric.174.cc23
T new south wales.htsgw.metric.198.cc23
T new south wales.htsgw.metric.222.cc23
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1.1
S
1.6
SSE
2
SSE
1.7
SSE
1.3
SSE
0.6
SSE
0.9
SSE
0.8
SSE
1
S
1
SSE
0.9
SSE
0.7
SSE
0.9
ENE
0.9
ENE
1.2
E
1.3
E
1.2
E
1.1
E
1.6
SSE
1
E
1
E
1
E
1.5
E
1.4
E
1.3
E
1.3
E
1.3
E
1.2
E
1.1
E
0.9
E
0.8
E
1.4
S
1.9
S
2.1
S
1.6
S
1.6
S
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16525993355129324937622633933926714798104120245225181188154155143340299276313282246274891121714031124663640
20
SSE
15
SW
15
SW
15
SSE
5
SSE
10
SSW
15
SE
10
SSE
15
SW
10
SSE
10
SSW
20
SSE
25
SSE
20
SSE
10
SSW
20
SSE
20
SSE
20
SSE
25
SSE
15
SSE
15
SSE
15
SSE
10
SSE
10
SW
10
SE
0
SSE
5
SW
10
E
5
NNW
5
WNW
15
NNE
10
WNW
15
SW
15
S
10
SW
10
SW
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
crosscrosscross-
off
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
off
crosscross-
off
crosscross-
on
crosscross-
off
crosscross-
on
crosscrosscrosscrosscross-
on
crosscross-
off
cross-
on
glasscross-
off
oncross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
on
offcross-
off
crosscross-
off
cross-
off
12:14AM
1.36
12:58PM
0.76
1:09AM
1.31
2:14PM
0.79
2:11AM
1.27
3:27PM
0.88
3:16AM
1.26
4:27PM
1.01
4:19AM
1.26
5:18PM
1.18
5:17AM
1.27
6:05PM
1.35
6:10AM
1.27
6:52PM
1.52
7:01AM
1.26
7:38PM
1.65
7:51AM
1.22
8:24PM
1.74
8:41AM
1.16
9:12PM
1.77
9:31AM
1.09
10:01PM
1.75
10:23AM
1.00
5:14PM
0.41
7:27AM
0.36
6:14PM
0.45
8:24AM
0.32
7:26PM
0.47
9:18AM
0.27
8:44PM
0.45
10:08AM
0.21
10:00PM
0.40
10:53AM
0.15
11:10PM
0.32
11:36AM
0.10
12:12AM
0.24
12:19PM
0.06
1:09AM
0.18
1:03PM
0.04
2:04AM
0.14
1:46PM
0.05
2:59AM
0.13
2:30PM
0.07
3:54AM
0.14
3:16PM
0.12
4:49AM
0.17

Note: the tide data above is for Ballina, Australia which is 4 km away. Surf properties and timing are calculated for Backsides.New forecast is published every 6 hours at www.surf-forecast.com. See detailed tide info and graph
Offshore winds at Backsides blow from the W

Mon
17
Tuesday
18
Wednesday
19
Thursday
20
Friday
21
Saturday
22
Sunday
23
Monday
24
Tuesday
25
Wednesday
26
Thursday
27
Friday
28
Sat
29
PMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAMPMNightAM
clear
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
clear
clear
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
partially cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
clear
clear
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Short Range Forecast: Light rain (total 4mm), mostly falling on Tue morning. Warm (max 20°C on Wed afternoon, min 14°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 3-6 Weather Summary Moderate rain (total 14mm), heaviest on Sat night. Warm (max 20°C on Fri morning, min 15°C on Thu night). Wind will be generally light.

Days 6-9 Weather Summary Light rain (total 8mm), mostly falling on Sun night. Warm (max 20°C on Sun afternoon, min 15°C on Mon night). Wind will be generally light.

Long Range Forecast: Light rain (total 3mm), mostly falling on Thu night. Warm (max 20°C on Thu morning, min 13°C on Fri night). Wind will be generally light.

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Information about the Backsides Surf forecast

The above surf forecast table for Backsides provides essential information for determining whether the surfing conditions will be good over the next 12 days. A general guide to surfing at Backsides can be found by selecting the local surf guide option on the grey menu. Our Backsides surf forecast is unique since it includes wave energy (power) that defines the real feel of the surf rather than just the height or the period. If you surf the same spot (Backsides) regularly then make a mental note of the wave energy from the surf forecast table each time you go. Very soon you may start to choose your surf days based on the wave energy alone combined with our forecast of favourable offshore wind conditions. Our star ratings will help here and of course you will also find the usual wave height and period predictions on our surf forecasts as well as a full break down of the swell components under our advanced users option (to reveal that, click the little Einstein character under the tide times).

Further information to help with frequently asked questions about our surf forecast for Backsides may be found under the help tab on the top menu and also by moving your mouse over the question marks on the surf forecast table itself. Please always bear in mind that the forecast is for near-shore open water and local factors at each surf break influence the actual breaking wave height, such as the beach / reef profile, water depths offshore and shelter.

Backsides is 5 km (3 miles) from Ballina. If you plan a holiday in North Coast - New South Wales, look for hotels and other accommodation in Ballina. Ballina has rooms for a wide range of budgets as well as car hire and transport links.