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Cape Northumberland ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.4

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Cape Northumberland Surf Guide

Cape Northumberland on the East Coast is an exposed reef break that has unreliable waves. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the east northeast. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. A choice of left and right reefs. It's sometimes crowded here. Hazards include rips, rocks and sharks.

Cape Northumberland Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cape Northumberland:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cape Northumberland occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Cape Northumberland with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 35% of the time in April while 65% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 0% 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 Northumberland Location Map

Interactive Cape Northumberland 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 Northumberland is Avalon Airport (AVV) in Australia, which is 333 km (207 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Cape Northumberland is Melbourne International Airport (MEL), also in Australia, 369 km (229 miles) away.

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Cape Northumberland Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 17 April 2021, 08:21 Local Time
Saturday 17
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 15
W 20
WNW 25
W 25
Wind State on cross-

Swell History at Cape Northumberland

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

Wind History at Cape Northumberland

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

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