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Freshwater and Harbord Surf Guide

Freshwater and Harbord in Sydney North is a sheltered beach break that has dependable surf. The favoured time of year for waves is autumn. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest with some shelter here from northeast winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the optimum swell angle is from the east northeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Rocks are a hazard.

Freshwater and Harbord Spot Info

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

Surfing Freshwater and Harbord:

The best conditions reported for surf at Freshwater and Harbord occur when a East-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Freshwater and Harbord with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 3% of the time in June while 9% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 88% 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 Freshwater and Harbord Location Map

Interactive Freshwater and Harbord 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 Freshwater and Harbord is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD) in Australia, 21 km (13 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Freshwater and Harbord is Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU), also in Australia, 33 km (20 miles) away.

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Freshwater and Harbord Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 3 June 2023, 07:38 Local Time
Saturday 03
Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 10 5 10
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Freshwater and Harbord

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

Wind History at Freshwater and Harbord

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

Freshwater and Harbord Reviews:

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Based on 11 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.6
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.6
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.1
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Nicole Naunton from Australia
“The north end of Freshwater is often good for beginners”

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