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Coogee break guidePhoto by: Leigh Gazzard

Coogee Surf Guide

Coogee in Sydney South is an exposed beach reef and point break that has inconsistent surf. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach break provides left and right handers and there are also left and right hand reef breaks on offer. and also offers a left hand point break too. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. It's sometimes crowded here. Beware of rips and rocks.

Coogee Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
18.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Coogee:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Coogee 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 48% of the time in July while 31% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 21% 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 Coogee 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 Coogee is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD) in Australia, 9 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Coogee is Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU), also in Australia, 26 km (16 miles) away.

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Coogee Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 19 August 2022, 21:47 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Coogee

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

Wind History at Coogee

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

Coogee Reviews:

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Moggy from Australia
“Coogee Beach is sheltered from swell from the SE and South by Wedding Cake Island which is located approx 1 km offshore. the beach picks up some swell from East. NE swell funnels straight in and waves on this swell direction can be had on an average right reef located close to shore at the Southern and of beach.
The beach itself has the wrong bottom contours and is generally just a closeout.
On rare occasions with 4 metre + NE swell on open ocean left point/reef at North end of beach gets wave big enough for takeoff to move out clear of rocks. Not a long wave... more of a novelty to surf.
On big North swells for those with a PWC, or brave enough to paddle 1km out to sea there is a right reef set up on the North side of Wedding Cake Island.
The Southy is a right reef near by that breaks on large South swells. Only access is by jumping off nearby cliffs, or a very long paddle from shore.”

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