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Rusty Barrel ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.2

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Rusty Barrel Surf Guide

Rusty Barrel in Efate is an exposed reef break that has quite consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the north. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the south. There are left and right breaking reefs. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of rips and coral.

Rusty Barrel Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
29.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rusty Barrel:

The best conditions reported for surf at Rusty Barrel occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Rusty Barrel 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 6% of the time in February while 20% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 74% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
6%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
20%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
74%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Rusty Barrel Location Map

Interactive Rusty Barrel 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 Rusty Barrel is Port Vila Bauerfield (Port-vila) Airport (VLI) in Vanuatu, which is 17 km (11 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Rusty Barrel is Ouanaham (Lifou) Airport (LIF) in New Caledonia, 349 km (217 miles) away.

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Rusty Barrel Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 19:54 Local Time
TueWed
8PM11PM2AM5AM
Wave (m) 0.9
ESE
1.4
ESE
1.3
ESE
1.2
ESE
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 15
NE 15
NE 10
ENE 10
ENE
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Rusty Barrel

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

Wind History at Rusty Barrel

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

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