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St Andrews ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 2.6
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.5
Crowds: 3.1

Overall: 3.2

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St Andrews break guidePhoto by: George C

St Andrews Surf Guide

St Andrews on the East Coast is a quite exposed beach break that has unreliable waves. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Watch out for dangerous rips.

St Andrews Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
5.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing St Andrews:

The best conditions reported for surf at St Andrews occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing St Andrews with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in January while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 83% 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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St Andrews Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 06:14 Local Time
Wednesday 03
Wave (m) 0.3
Period (s) 4 4 4 11
Wind (km/h) 5
NE 10
ENE 10
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Swell History at St Andrews

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Wind History at St Andrews

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St Andrews Reviews:

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Based on 17 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.2
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.8
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s22.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.6
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.1
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Sebastian from United Kingdom
“The majority that needs to be said has been done in the other comment. (All based on my experiences at these breaks)

St Andrews has technically two breaks East and West sands (Easy being the one almost always referred when talking about surfing) so I’ll split the comment in two parts per break.

East Sands: inconsistent is probably the best description of it, fun unchallenging waves up to head high (haven’t paddled out in anything higher so use the other comment for that).

Closing out on a dropping tide isn’t an exaggeration, it’s like someone hits a switch and you've about half an hour before the wave start properly shutting down or at least don’t peel as much. Although I’ve seen some of the mal/longboard riders sneaking across the face when the tide is dropping but rising mid seems to be the best time.

In terms of safety there is a nasty rip at the end of the beach with rocks a sometimes another current will try to drag towards it so keep an eye on your position. Getting dropped in on can happen (it’s never a sign of aggression that I’ve seen) although after a crash course in surf etiquette at another break I do my best to respect wave priority. Line up is always friendly and relaxed, good atmosphere getting hooted into a wave is not uncommon.

West Sands: Not much to say, always empty, plenty of room and again inconsistent. Vast majority of the time waves are mushy (or it’s flat) but is waist high off-shore conditions can be very fun and some rides are suppressing long. Usually come here after check east and it’s poor or too crowded. A goofy footer will get a nice view of St Andrews during their ride, water tends to be a turquoise colour and cleaner than east. Although it looks a beginner friendly beach the current pulling towards the river Eden can be ridiculously strong so be cautious.

For more advanced surfers there are plenty of other much better options in the area. I have cooked up a storm at one of these places a few times after getting too big for my boots and the shame of it stills haunts me to this day!

Sorry for long windedness but hope it’s helps.”

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