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Cow Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.5
Crowds: 2.5
Accommodation: 2.0

Overall: 2.9

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Cow Bay Surf Guide

Cow Bay in East Shore is an exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf Offshore winds blow from the north northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the east. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here. Take care of the strong rips here.

Cow Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReef and pointIcon  s32.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
5.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cow Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

novemberBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Cow Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of November. Clean surfable waves are typically found 16% of the time in November while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 67% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
16%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
17%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
67%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cow Bay Location Map

Interactive Cow Bay 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 Cow Bay is Shearwater (Halifax) Airport (YAW) in Canada, 6 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cow Bay is Halifax International Airport (YHZ), also in Canada, 31 km (19 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Cow Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 13 May 2021, 21:02 Local Time
ThuFri
6PM9PM0AM3AM
Wave (m) 0.2
ESE
0.7
SW
0.2
E
0.2
E
Period (s) 14 4 14 14
Wind (km/h) 15
W 10
WSW 10
W 15
WSW
Wind State cross-
off
cross cross-
off
cross

Swell History at Cow Bay

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

Wind History at Cow Bay

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Cow Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    12km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Cow Bay: