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Chinamans ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.8

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Chinamans Surf Guide

Chinamans in Yorke Peninsula is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the north northwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. Both left (best) and right reef breaks.. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks and sharks.

Chinamans Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Chinamans:

The best conditions reported for surf at Chinamans occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Chinamans with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 49% of the time in July while 49% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% 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 Chinamans 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 Chinamans is Adelaide International Airport (ADL) in Australia, which is 156 km (97 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Chinamans is Woomera Airport (UMR), also in Australia, 461 km (286 miles) away.

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Chinamans Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 17 May 2021, 07:23 Local Time
Monday 17
Wave (m) 2.3
Period (s) 17 18 18 17
Wind (km/h) 15
SW 10
SW 10
WSW 10
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Chinamans

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Wind History at Chinamans

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