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Short Point break guidePhoto by: Jai Miller

Short Point Surf Guide

Short Point in Far South Australia is an exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the WNW with some shelter here from SE winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the NE. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Sharks have been reported here.

Short Point Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Short Point:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Short Point with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 23% of the time in June while 16% 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).

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Interactive Short Point 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 Short Point is Canberra Airport (CBR) in Australia, which is 188 km (117 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Short Point is Albury Airport (ABX), also in Australia, 281 km (175 miles) away.

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Short Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 22:40 Local Time
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross-

Swell History at Short Point

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

Wind History at Short Point

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

Short Point Reviews:

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Phil Osopher from Australia
“It is true that Short Point can get crowded. The guide suggests that NW winds are offshore for Short Point. This is untrue. The place faces NE and is quite sheltered from sou-souwest winds. The surprise is that in summer the surrounding places can be flat, but Short Point will funnel and hold NE wind swells, and although messy and difficult to know where the take-off spot is, can provide some fun peaks on those blustery days. It is however, one of those places which looks much better from the carpark than it actually is. High tides can be frustrating. Low tides can produce shutdowns, with OK rights and a suicidal left further up the beach. Winter is the best time, with the south swells swinging into the bay and the cold and brisk offshore SW winds holding up some treasures.”

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