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Oilies break guidePhoto by: Noel Downey

Oilies Surf Guide

Oilies in Illawarra is an exposed breakwater break that has quite reliable surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the west and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the southeast. Waves at the breakwater are both lefts and rights. Sometimes crowded. Beware of - Rocks - Man-made danger (buoys etc.) - Localism - Pollution - Sharks.

Oilies Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBreakwaterIcon  s0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
21.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Oilies:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Oilies with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 51% of the time in July while 30% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 19% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
51%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
30%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
19%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Oilies Location Map

Interactive Oilies 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.

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Oilies Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 20:12 Local Time
WedThu
7PM10PM1AM4AM
Wave (m)
1.1
SSE
0.9
SSE
0.8
SSE
0.7
SSE
Period (s) 10 10 10 11
Wind (km/h)
10
10
5
5
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
off off

Swell History at Oilies

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

Wind History at Oilies

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

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