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Cape Paterson break guidePhoto by: Cade Waters

Cape Paterson Surf Guide

Cape Patterson on the East Coast is a sheltered reef break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the north. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The right reef break is best, but there is a left reef too.. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care to avoid the rocks.

Cape Paterson Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cape Paterson:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cape Paterson occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

augustBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Cape Paterson 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 3% of the time in August while 37% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 60% 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 Paterson Location Map

Interactive Cape Paterson 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 Cape Paterson is Melbourne Moorabbin Airport (MBW) in Australia, 89 km (55 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cape Paterson is Avalon Airport (AVV), also in Australia, 122 km (76 miles) away.

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Cape Paterson Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 7 February 2023, 10:48 Local Time
Tuesday 07
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 13 13
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Cape Paterson

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

Wind History at Cape Paterson

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

Cape Paterson Reviews:

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Based on 5 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Tom from Australia
“Cape Paterson is a great place to go for a holiday. It is a hidden spot and only has about 300 properties. The first surf beach is the best for beginners and is safe and patrolled in summer. The second surf beach is good for body boarders and more experienced surfers. It's not really a swimming beach however, as there are large rips and undertow on bigger days. The channel is a shallow rocky reef break which offers about a 80 meter perfect wave on a good day. I wouldn't recommend a beginner heading out there as even experienced surfers have come to grief out there. It's quite tricky to get out, but there's a channel which can sometimes be used to get out. The channel is also quite fun to jump into and swim. The channel isn't really bodyboarders wave as you may find it quite difficult to snag one in amongst the surfers. At channel there's a left and a right. The left goes for about 40m but then dies off. It gets really shallow and many fins have been lost. The right is the way to go unless you're a professional, just make sure you get off the wave before it smashes you onto the rocks. There's another wave called insides that only breaks on massive swells. It's located at the first surf beach just in font of the rocks. It's a very dangerous wave, as it's only about 1 meter deeps, but it can offer a nice long tube ride. I've only really seen bodyboarders out the but the odd surfer heads out as well. There's also a bomby near insides which can get to about 10ft plus faces. Only one person surfs it and I've seen jet skiers playing out there. Other options to surf are, Eagles Nest, Shack Bay, Twin Reefs, The Oaks, The Caves and Inverloch also is a good little beach. Hope this was helpful. Source-Been going to Cape Paterson for 4 years and is one of the 300 to own a property.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon beachBeach
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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
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    Reliability: consistent
    20km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    23km away

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