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Crackneck ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.7

Overall: 3.9

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Crackneck Surf Guide

Crackneck in Newcastle is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. The optimum time of year for waves is autumn. Offshore winds blow from the west northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. Reef breaks provide lefts and rights. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of rocks and sharks.

Crackneck Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
21.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Crackneck:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Crackneck with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 14% of the time in May while 10% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 76% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
14%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
10%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
76%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Crackneck Location Map

Interactive Crackneck 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 Crackneck is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD) in Australia, 69 km (43 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Crackneck is Richmond Airport (RCM), also in Australia, 70 km (43 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Crackneck Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 21 April 2021, 16:04 Local Time
Wednesday 21
1PM4PM7PM10PM
Wave (m) 0.3
ESE
0.3
E
0.3
E
0.3
E
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 20
S 15
SSE 15
SSW 10
WSW
Wind State cross cross-
on
cross cross-
off

Swell History at Crackneck

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

Wind History at Crackneck

Wind stats for Crackneck, 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 Crackneck. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    Reliability: inconsistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Crackneck: