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Crescent break guide

Crescent Surf Guide

Crescent is a beach break suitable for beginners and intermediates. Needs a powerful west to northwest swell to work. Best at mid to high tide, but at dead high tide it can get flat for about 45 minutes. S-SW offshores produce the best conditions. It can get closed out at 6' surf size and above, unless there are strong SW or SE offshores...kayakers welcome. Salt Creek state park is adjacent to the east end of the bay. Crescent is a private beach and with a reasonable day fee, you get parking and a hot shower.

Crescent Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
10.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Crescent:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Crescent with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 35% of the time in January while 29% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 36% 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 Crescent Location Map

Interactive Crescent 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 Crescent is Port Angeles Cgas Airport (NOW) in USA, 22 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Crescent is Victoria International Airport (YYJ) in Canada, 58 km (36 miles) away.

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Crescent Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 7 July 2022, 00:22 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross-

Swell History at Crescent

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

Wind History at Crescent

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

Crescent Reviews:

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Based on 7 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s22.3
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s21.6
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  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Scoutert38 from United States
“Crescent Beach is a Private beach and a fee of $8.00 per person, per pet is required. A beach patrol also maintains the beach keeping it clean of trash and provides security. The fee covers dawn to dusk. You leave for meals and return for the rest of your day. The also have fire pits, coin operated hot showers, laundry, and outdoor rinse area for boards and gear to remove sand. Well worth the cost.

Salt Creek is the boundary! Stay on the County side to and from the water, once in the water the private property boundary goes out to a -11 low tide. Three signs in the parking area at Salt Creek parking lot, one with a map show the boundary. Stay off the sand on the west sides of the Creek and you won't have to worry about criminal trespass.

Thank you.”

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