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Shell Island Surf Guide

Shell Island in Alabama is an exposed beach/Jetty break that has consistent surf. The best conditions for surfing are during the hurricane season. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Windswells are much more typical than groudswells and the optimum wave angle is from the southeast. The beach break provides left and right handers. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Hazards include rips, sharks and jellyfish.

Shell Island Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
30.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Shell Island:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Shell Island with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 19% of the time in October while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 68% 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 Shell Island Location Map

Interactive Shell Island 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 Shell Island is Tyndall Afb (Panama City) Airport (PAM) in USA, 13 km (8 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Shell Island is Eglin Afb (Valparaiso) Airport (VPS) in Usa (florida, 90 km (56 miles) away.

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Shell Island Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 27 June 2022, 16:05 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 3 3 3 4
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Shell Island

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

Wind History at Shell Island

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

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