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Daly Heads ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Daly Heads break guidePhoto by: steeve whitehead

Daly Heads Surf Guide

Daly Heads in Yorke Peninsula is an exposed reef break that usually has waves. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the east southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. Both left (best) and right reef breaks.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Hazards include rocks and sharks.

Daly Heads Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
19.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Daly Heads:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Daly Heads with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 46% of the time in January while 29% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 25% 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).

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Interactive Daly Heads 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 nearest passenger airport to Daly Heads is Adelaide International Airport (ADL) in Australia, which is 146 km (91 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Daly Heads is Woomera Airport (UMR), also in Australia, 432 km (268 miles) away.

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Daly Heads Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 19 April 2021, 01:17 Local Time
Monday 19
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 13 13 14 15
Wind (km/h) 15
W 20
WNW 20
WNW 25
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Swell History at Daly Heads

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

Wind History at Daly Heads

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

Daly Heads Reviews:

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Based on 1 vote.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s44.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s44.0
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steeve whitehead from Australia
“Daly head is a left hander to the north of Salmon hole, it is the major sized wave in the area, breaking similarly to Margaret river of western Australia, but receives about 2 to 3 times the ground swells with about 4 times the number of offshore days. it is the only place I know of where the sea breeze is side offshore and will often in the summer half go fully offshore again for the rest of the day. a swell with south content will jack the wave up on third reef but will shortly fade out with a uninteresting ride, however, swell with a lot of west direction will cause the wave to bowl up into a triangle peak with a medium-fast steep wall. a big west swell breaking on third reef and a heavy body of water in the northern channel can make the wave break all the way into the bay behind. I used google earth to approximate the third reef start and the bay finish, just over 800m if accurate. I have surfed this wave at 25 feet but know it holds 30 feet face. bigger is unknown???? ESE wind is the very best, access- easy paddle in /out, go round the rock and paddle towards the break to clear the rip pulling you over to the inside point. my favourite big left. Accommodation, about 5km away north, is Gleesons landing, the last time I lived in SA, you where aloud free camping there by national parks. closest town is Corny point 25km north. this wave can pump with off shores for 2-3 weeks at a time, the first time I surfed it, a local guy I was surfing with, said it had been offshores for 2 weeks with 8 meter waves continually, best time for York peninsula is September to December, jan-march can be quiet swell wise but I have been there surfing 15 footers at these times. and April-May. June -July-August (winter of 1985 was offshore for 3 months straight, with the exception of 6 hours of west wind at 5 to 10 knots) can totally pump, but you will get hit with onshores occasionally. West wind is the only bad wind on the peninsula- got do something else till it swings or drops. hope this has been helpful. note: the website maps this place at the back point in this area, which is in fact Gleesons landing, the break is about 300m north of Salmon hole for your accuracy.”

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