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Redhead break guidePhoto by: Shaun

Redhead Surf Guide

Redhead in Newcastle is a quite exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Ideal winds are from the north northwest with some shelter here from northeast winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. The left hand reef break is better than the right.. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Watch out for sharks.

Redhead Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
24.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Redhead:

The best conditions reported for surf at Redhead occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Redhead with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 14% of the time in January while 25% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 61% 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 Redhead Location Map

Interactive Redhead 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 Redhead is Newcastle Airport (NTL) in Australia, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Redhead is Richmond Airport (RCM), also in Australia, 109 km (68 miles) away.

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Redhead Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 30 January 2023, 05:36 Local Time
Monday 30
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Redhead

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

Wind History at Redhead

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

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