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Rainbow Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 1.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 3.7

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Rainbow Bay Surf Guide

Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast is a sheltered point break that has quite reliable surf. Autumn and winter are the favoured times of year for waves. Works best in offshore winds from the south with some shelter here from east winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Be wary of rips - they make surfing here dangerous.

Rainbow Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
22.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rainbow Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Rainbow Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 12% of the time in March while 5% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 83% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
12%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
5%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
83%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Rainbow Bay Location Map

Interactive Rainbow Bay 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 Rainbow Bay is Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (OOL) in Australia, which is 4 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Rainbow Bay is Brisbane International Airport (BNE), also in Australia, 97 km (60 miles) away.

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Rainbow Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 26 October 2020, 11:32 Local Time
Monday 26
8AM11AM2PM5PM
Wave (m) 0.4
E
0.5
E
0.5
E
0.6
E
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 15
S 10
SSE 15
SE 15
ESE
Wind State off cross-
off
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off
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off
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Swell History at Rainbow Bay

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

Wind History at Rainbow Bay

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

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