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

Overall: 3.0

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Cape Barabar break guidePhoto by: Ian Jarman

Cape Barabar Surf Guide

Cape Barabar in East Sepik is an exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf The best wind direction is from the west. Most of the surf comes fis in the form of windswells and the ideal wave angle is from the north. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

Cape Barabar Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
30.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cape Barabar:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Cape Barabar with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 81% of the time in January while 14% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% 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 Cape Barabar Location Map

Interactive Cape Barabar 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 nearest passenger airport to Cape Barabar is Wewak International Airport (WWK) in Papua New Guinea, which is 19 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Cape Barabar is Mount Hagen Airport (HGU), also in Papua New Guinea, 277 km (172 miles) away.

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Cape Barabar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 16:59 Local Time
Tuesday 13
Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 8 8 8 7
Wind (km/h) 10
ESE 10
ESE 15
ESE 20
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Cape Barabar

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

Wind History at Cape Barabar

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

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We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.