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Highcliffe Surf Guide

Highcliffe on the South Coast is a fairly exposed beach break that only works when conditions are just right. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the north. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide.

Highcliffe Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
17.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Highcliffe:

The best conditions reported for surf at Highcliffe occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Highcliffe 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 3% of the time in December while 42% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 55% 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).

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Interactive Highcliffe 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 Highcliffe is Bournemouth Airport (BOH) in England, 11 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Highcliffe is Southampton Airport (SOU), also in England, 34 km (21 miles) away.

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Highcliffe Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 2 July 2022, 00:14 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 5 5 5
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Highcliffe

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

Wind History at Highcliffe

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

Highcliffe Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Warren Wentworth from United Kingdom
“Just have to say, I've been down here a few times now, the surf is often messy and is inconsistent with tides changing quickly; you can be looking at nice, clean 3 footers on the way down to the beach and by the time you get there, 1ft mess. Although the surf is inconsistent and often messy, catch it on a good day with decent swell and a calm breeze you can be looking at lovely 5ft beauties with a 10 second spacing, even a couple of barrels out there! With a strong swell, I would definitely recommend.”

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