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Cowrie Hole ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Cowrie Hole break guidePhoto by: Elkimbo

Cowrie Hole Surf Guide

Cowrie Hole in Newcastle is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. Autumn and winter are the optimum times of year for waves. Offshore winds are from the west northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the southeast. A right hand reef break. Best around mid tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks and locals.

Cowrie Hole Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
22.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cowrie Hole:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cowrie Hole 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 45% of the time in July while 34% 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.
clean
45%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
34%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
21%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cowrie Hole Location Map

Interactive Cowrie Hole 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 Cowrie Hole is Newcastle Airport (NTL) in Australia, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cowrie Hole is Richmond Airport (RCM), also in Australia, 120 km (75 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Cowrie Hole Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 18:02 Local Time
TueWed
7PM10PM1AM4AM
Wave (m) 1.6
S
1.4
S
1.3
S
1.2
S
Period (s) 10 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 15
N 15
NNW 15
NW
Wind State cross cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Cowrie Hole

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

Wind History at Cowrie Hole

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Cowrie Hole:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.