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Cathedral Rock Surf Guide

Cathedral Rock in Rottnest Island is a fairly exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Ideal winds are from the southeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A left hand reef break. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here. Sharks may be a hazard at this break.

Cathedral Rock Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
22.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cathedral Rock:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cathedral Rock occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Cathedral Rock 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 58% of the time in January while 28% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 14% 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 Cathedral Rock Location Map

Interactive Cathedral Rock 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 Cathedral Rock is Perth Jandakot Airport (JAD) in Australia, which is 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Cathedral Rock is Perth International Airport (PER), also in Australia, 50 km (31 miles) away.

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Cathedral Rock Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 20 May 2022, 21:15 Local Time
FriSaturday 21
Wave (m)
Period (s) 16 15 16 15
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Cathedral Rock

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

Wind History at Cathedral Rock

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

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