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Snapper Rocks break guidePhoto by: Anthony Galeano

Snapper Rocks Surf Guide

Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast is a fairly exposed point break that has very consistent surf. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Take care of rips, rocks and locals.

Snapper Rocks Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
26.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Snapper Rocks:

The best conditions reported for surf at Snapper Rocks occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Snapper Rocks 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 52% of the time in February while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 35% 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 Snapper Rocks Location Map

Interactive Snapper Rocks 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 Snapper Rocks is Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (OOL) in Australia, which is 5 km (3 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Snapper Rocks is Brisbane International Airport (BNE), also in Australia, 97 km (60 miles) away.

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Snapper Rocks Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 9 February 2023, 13:21 Local Time
Thursday 09
Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 6 7 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
off off

Swell History at Snapper Rocks

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

Wind History at Snapper Rocks

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

Snapper Rocks Reviews:

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Based on 16 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s54.9
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.9
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.4
  • Crowds:Icon  s21.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Kanaka from United States
“Literally one of the best surf spots in the World when it's on and every surfer knows this.

However, if you're lucky you can surf it all by yourself with only about 500 of your closest "friends."”

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