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Cowries ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Cowries break guidePhoto by: Noel Downey

Cowries Surf Guide

Cowries on the South Coast is a quite exposed reef and point break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. A right hand reef break Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Watch out for urchins, rocks and locals.

Cowries Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cowries:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cowries occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Cowries with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 12% of the time in June while 11% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 77% 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 Cowries Location Map

Interactive Cowries 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 Cowries is Camden Airport (CDU) in Australia, 62 km (39 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cowries is Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU), also in Australia, 74 km (46 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.
Cowries Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 12:28 Local Time
Wednesday 12
Wave (m) 1.5
Period (s) 9 9 8 8
Wind (km/h) 15
SSW 15
SSE 15
SSW 15
Wind State cross-

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Swell History at Cowries

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Wind History at Cowries

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: very consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s32.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reefReef and point
    • Icon  s32.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s21.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away

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