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Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.1
Consistency of Surf: 3.9
Difficulty Level: 1.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.2

Overall: 3.8

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Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) break guide

Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) Surf Guide

Cat Bay in Phillip Island is a sheltered beach and point break that usually has waves, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds blow from the south southeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves Likely to be crowded if working. Watch out for rocks, locals and sharks.

Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
17.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cat Bay (Shelly Beach):

The best conditions reported for surf at Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) occur when a West-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in February while 6% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 88% 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).

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Interactive Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) 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 Cat Bay is Melbourne Moorabbin Airport (MBW) in Australia, 59 km (37 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cat Bay is Avalon Airport (AVV), also in Australia, 78 km (48 miles) away.

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Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 19 April 2021, 06:38 Local Time
Monday 19
Wave (m) 2.2
Period (s) 15 15 15 14
Wind (km/h) 25
NW 30
NW 25
NW 25
Wind State on cross-

Swell History at Cat Bay (Shelly Beach)

Surf stats for Cat Bay (Shelly Beach), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Cat Bay (Shelly Beach)

Wind stats for Cat Bay (Shelly Beach), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Cat Bay (Shelly Beach) Reviews:

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Based on 7 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.8
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.1
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.9
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s21.7
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s32.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.2
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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kenny from Australia
“Not really sure what a lot of the reviews are talking about! Need a boat??? 30 min walk?? Maybe if you're a toddler.
Cat bay is a rad spot from what I've experienced. Works amazingly well with an offshore and although it is rare that the swell gets particularly big, you can still manage with a shorty or a hybrid. If its big enough you don't have to have a mal. I almost always ride my shorty and I've had some amazing rides there. Steep enough ramps to do some cut backs and everything. If you cant manage it and figure its just a mal spot, then you're not trying hard enough! Just beware of locals on the weekend. Veeeery territorial and there's no nice way of putting it, they're assholes. They'll have a go at you for no good reason and then drop in on every single wave. But when you do it, they want to kill you. Go during the week, its a less competitive crowd and everyone is way more mallow and friendly.”

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