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Hartley Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0

Overall: 2.8

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Hartley Reef Surf Guide

Hartley Reef in North East England is a fairly exposed reef break that only works when conditions are just right. Winter and spring are the best times of year to visit. Ideal winds are from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the north northeast.. Best around high tide. Watch out for rocks and pollution.

Hartley Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
6.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Hartley Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Hartley Reef occur when a North-northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Hartley Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 17% of the time in December while 10% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 73% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
17%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
10%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
73%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Hartley Reef Location Map

Interactive Hartley 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 Hartley Reef is Newcastle Airport (NCL) in England, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Hartley Reef is Teesside Airport (MME), also in England, 62 km (39 miles) away.

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Hartley Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 04:48 Local Time
Tuesday 13
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m) 1.2
NNE
1.3
NNE
1.3
NNE
1.3
NNE
Period (s) 9 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 10
W 10
WNW 5
NNW 10
ENE
Wind State off off cross-
off
cross-
on

Swell History at Hartley Reef

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

Wind History at Hartley Reef

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

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We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.