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Flat Rock Surf Guide

Flat Rock in Newcastle is a quite exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf Ideal winds are from the west northwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northeast. There is a left breaking reef. Best around mid tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks and locals.

Flat Rock Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Flat Rock:

The best conditions reported for surf at Flat Rock 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 Flat Rock (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Flat Rock with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in April while 9% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 85% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
6%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
9%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
85%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Flat Rock Location Map

Interactive Flat Rock 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 Flat Rock is Newcastle Airport (NTL) in Australia, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Flat Rock is Richmond Airport (RCM), also in Australia, 120 km (75 miles) away.

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Flat Rock Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 28 November 2021, 18:48 Local Time
SunMon
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m)
0.6
E
0.6
E
0.6
E
1.9
SE
Period (s) 8 8 8 10
Wind (km/h)
20
15
15
15
Wind State cross-
on
cross cross cross

Swell History at Flat Rock

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

Wind History at Flat Rock

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

Flat Rock Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 1 vote.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.3
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s22.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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lachlan from Australia
“It's a hoax, a take off and that's about it.”

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