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Merimbula Bar break guidePhoto by: Jarred Carroll

Merimbula Bar Surf Guide

Merimbula Bar in Far South Australia is a fairly exposed beach/Sandbar break that only works once in a while. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Works best in offshore winds from the north. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks consists of lefts. It's often crowded here. Watch out for sharks.

Merimbula Bar Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
21.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Merimbula Bar:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Merimbula Bar with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 15% of the time in February while 16% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 69% 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).
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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 Merimbula Bar 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 nearest passenger airport to Merimbula Bar is Canberra Airport (CBR) in Australia, which is 189 km (117 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Merimbula Bar is Albury Airport (ABX), also in Australia, 281 km (175 miles) away.

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Merimbula Bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 27 January 2022, 06:54 Local Time
Thursday 27
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off cross-

Swell History at Merimbula Bar

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

Wind History at Merimbula Bar

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

Merimbula Bar Reviews:

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Based on 14 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Phil Osopher from Australia
“Very, very inconsistent. When it is small, it is assaulted by SUP's. When it is good, it is attacked by everyone and his pet dog. On its day though, it is a long, workable, whackable, Bali-like left. On sizeable days the paddle back out is shoulder-sapping. Snag a Bar wave on a good day, and it will have you hooked. You just have to be very, very patient.”

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