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The Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.9

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Surf Report Feed

The Reef Surf Guide

The Reef on the North Coast is an exposed reef break that only works when conditions are just right. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the west. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the east southeast. A left hand reef break. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Beware of urchins, rips and sharks.

The Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
24.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Reef occur when a East-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Reef 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 30% of the time in June while 56% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 14% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
30%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
56%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
14%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Reef Location Map

Interactive The Reef 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 Reef is Maroochydore Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) in Australia, which is 21 km (13 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Reef is Brisbane International Airport (BNE), also in Australia, 67 km (42 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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The Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 18:33 Local Time
ThuFri
7PM10PM1AM4AM
Wave (m) 0.5
ENE
0.5
ENE
0.7
ENE
0.6
ENE
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h) 15
N 15
NNW 10
NW 10
NW
Wind State cross cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at The Reef

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

Wind History at The Reef

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

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