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Hobe Sound/The Refuge break guidePhoto by: Gary West

Hobe Sound/The Refuge Surf Guide

Hobe Sound/The Refuge in South Florida is an exposed beach and reef break that has reasonably consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds blow from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. The beach breaks favour lefts. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of rocks and sharks.

Hobe Sound/The Refuge Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
26.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Hobe Sound/The Refuge:

The best conditions reported for surf at Hobe Sound/The Refuge occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Hobe Sound/The Refuge (for consistent clean waves)?

septemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Hobe Sound/The Refuge with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 21% of the time in September while 55% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 24% 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 Hobe Sound/The Refuge Location Map

Interactive Hobe Sound/The Refuge 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 Hobe Sound/The Refuge is Palm Beach International (West Palm Beach) Airport (PBI) in USA, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Hobe Sound/The Refuge is Palm Beach Co Park (West Palm Beach) Airport (LNA), also in USA, 57 km (35 miles) away.

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Hobe Sound/The Refuge Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 20 May 2022, 11:02 Local Time
Friday 20
Wave (m)
Period (s) 4 5 8 4
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Hobe Sound/The Refuge

Surf stats for Hobe Sound/The Refuge, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Hobe Sound/The Refuge

Wind stats for Hobe Sound/The Refuge, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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