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Frenchmans Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.7

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Frenchmans Reef Surf Guide

Frenchmans Reef in Newcastle is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf Works best in offshore winds from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of rips, rocks and sharks.

Frenchmans Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
20.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Frenchmans Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Frenchmans Reef occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Frenchmans Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 41% of the time in July while 33% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 26% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
41%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
33%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
26%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Frenchmans Reef Location Map

Interactive Frenchmans Reef 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 Frenchmans Reef is Newcastle Airport (NTL) in Australia, 37 km (23 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Frenchmans Reef is Richmond Airport (RCM), also in Australia, 99 km (61 miles) away.

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Frenchmans Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 19:33 Local Time
SunMon
7PM10PM1AM4AM
Wave (m) 1.6
S
1.4
SSE
1.3
S
1.3
S
Period (s) 8 8 8 7
Wind (km/h) 15
NW 20
W 20
WNW 20
WNW
Wind State cross-
off
off off off

Swell History at Frenchmans Reef

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

Wind History at Frenchmans Reef

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

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