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The Pass Surf Guide

The Pass on the North Coast is a quite exposed point break that has consistent surf The best wind direction is from the southeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the east northeast. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Watch out for rips, rocks, man-made danger (buoys etc...) and locals.

The Pass Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
19.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Pass:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing The Pass with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 43% of the time in February while 22% 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 The Pass Location Map

Interactive The Pass 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 The Pass is Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (OOL) in Australia, which is 54 km (34 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Pass is Brisbane International Airport (BNE), also in Australia, 148 km (92 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
The Pass Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 14 August 2022, 13:47 Local Time
Sunday 14
Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 7 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on glass cross-

Swell History at The Pass

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

Wind History at The Pass

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

The Pass Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 11 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.1
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.3
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.4
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s21.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s21.7
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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maxsurfy from Australia
“The Pass is an amazing beach; one of the most beautiful I have been to. Not too many places on the east coast of Australia you can watch the sunset over the ocean as you take in the view back to Mt Warning.
The waves can be good but very busy with all levels and manners of craft. We first surfed here in the 70s so feel blessed to have had it to ourselves. Will rarely happen these days. We stay at the Pass Beach House right over the road from the Nature Reserve. Great house to enjoy the area and only a short stroll to town,”

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