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Hess ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 5.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 5.0

Overall: 4.2

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Hess Surf Guide

Hess in North Florida is a reef break that has very reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds blow from the west southwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the east. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when the surf is up, crowds are unknown. Watch out for - Rocks - Sharks.

Hess Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
23.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Hess:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Hess with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 33% of the time in July while 46% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 21% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
33%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
46%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
21%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Hess Location Map

Interactive Hess 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 Hess is Patrick Afb (Coco Beach) Airport (COF) in USA, 9 km (6 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Hess is Melbourne International Airport (MLB), also in USA, 9 km (6 miles) away.

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Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Hess Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 16 April 2021, 07:42 Local Time
Friday 16
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 0.5
ENE
0.5
ENE
0.5
ENE
0.5
ENE
Period (s) 9 11 11 12
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 10
W 5
WSW 5
W
Wind State cross-
off
off off off

Swell History at Hess

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

Wind History at Hess

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

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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.8
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    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: very consistent
    2km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: very consistent
    6km away

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