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Port Renfrew Surf Guide

Port Renfrew in Vancouver Island is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Rarely crowded here. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

Port Renfrew Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Port Renfrew:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Port Renfrew with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 45% of the time in October while 49% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 6% 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 Port Renfrew Location Map

Interactive Port Renfrew 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 Port Renfrew is Nanaimo Airport (YCD) in Canada, 72 km (45 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Port Renfrew is Victoria International Airport (YYJ), also in Canada, 77 km (48 miles) away.

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Port Renfrew Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 18 August 2022, 01:33 Local Time
Thursday 18
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State glass cross-

Swell History at Port Renfrew

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

Wind History at Port Renfrew

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

Port Renfrew Reviews:

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Based on 5 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.7
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.7
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jobin from Canada
“This break only works on a south swell during the summer. Dangerous rip current that will pull you out to sea if you are not a strong paddler. The locals will get you if the rip does not.”

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    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    23km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    28km away

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