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Fanning Island ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.5

Overall: 2.9

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Fanning Island Surf Guide

Fanning Island in Line Islands is a point break that has fairly consistent surf. Works best in offshore winds from the east northeast. The ideal swell direction from the west. A right hand reef break. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days.

Fanning Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
27.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Fanning Island:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Fanning Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 36% of the time in February while 0% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 64% 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 Fanning Island Location Map

Interactive Fanning Island 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 Fanning Island is Christmas Island (Kiritimati) Airport (CXI) in Kiribati, which is 307 km (191 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Fanning Island is Kona International At Keahole Airport (KOA) in Usa Hawaii Isl., 1803 km (1120 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Fanning Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 8 May 2021, 17:26 Local Time
Friday 07Sat
Wave (m) 1.0
Period (s) 16 15 15 15
Wind (km/h) 25
ENE 25
ENE 25
E 25
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Fanning Island

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

Wind History at Fanning Island

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

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s22.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1726km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1726km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1732km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1734km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: consistent
    1771km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Fanning Island: