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Cherating Surf Guide

Cherating in Peninsular Malaysia is an exposed point break that has inconsistent surf. Nov-April (Wet Season) provides optimum time of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the west northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northeast. There is no point break. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded.

Cherating Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
27.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cherating:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cherating occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cherating with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 43% of the time in November while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 25% 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 Cherating Location Map

Interactive Cherating 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 Cherating is Kuantan Airport (KUA) in Malaysia, which is 44 km (27 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cherating is Kerteh Airport (KTE), also in Malaysia, 46 km (29 miles) away.

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Cherating Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 30 January 2023, 19:39 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
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Swell History at Cherating

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

Wind History at Cherating

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

Cherating Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Randy Uthe from Malaysia
“Cherating is one of the more consistent waves in Malaysia, but doesn't always get the size that Batu Buruk and other Terengganu areas further north get. The wave is fatter and not as powerful as others, but it is predictable as it is a point break. The wave can give you some very nice rides of 100m+ or more as it breaks left down a huge sand bar (where as many of the other beach breaks will be quite short as the steep shoreline of most beaches causes waves to break close to the beach). It can also give you some barrels on bigger days. The major problem is it is getting crowded on the weekends as it is the closest and most known break near KL. The nice thing is if you get tired of paddling, just walk up the sand bar and you're right out near the take off zone again...”

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