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Balls Bowls Surf Guide

Balls Bowls in Okinawa is a quite exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. The best wind direction is from the west. Waves more likely to be from local windswells than distant groundswells and the best wave direction is from the northeast. Both left and right reef breaks. It's sometimes crowded here. Take care of rocks and coral.

Balls Bowls Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
24.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Balls Bowls:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Balls Bowls with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in August while 9% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 87% 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 Balls Bowls Location Map

Interactive Balls Bowls 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 Balls Bowls is Kadena Ab Airport (DNA) in Japan, 22 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Balls Bowls is Naha Airport (OKA), also in Japan, 42 km (26 miles) away.

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Balls Bowls Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 7 December 2022, 06:50 Local Time
Wednesday 07
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Balls Bowls

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

Wind History at Balls Bowls

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

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Discover surf breaks near Balls Bowls. Click below to view there surf guides.

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    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
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    • Icon  s22.1
    Reliability: inconsistent
    11km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    14km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    16km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Balls Bowls: