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The Shoals ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.4

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The Shoals Surf Guide

The Shoals in North Florida is a sandbar break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the west. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the east southeast. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for - Urchins - Rips / undertow - Man-made danger (buoys etc.) - Localism - Pollution - Sharks - Shark protected.

The Shoals Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon sandbar  redSandbarIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
14.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Shoals:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Shoals 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 Shoals (for consistent clean waves)?

julyBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing The Shoals with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 36% of the time in July while 53% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 11% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
36%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
53%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
11%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Shoals Location Map

Interactive The Shoals 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 Shoals is Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) in USA, 28 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Shoals is Jacksonville Nas Airport (NIP), also in USA, 35 km (22 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
The Shoals Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 23 January 2021, 09:18 Local Time
Saturday 23
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 0.3
ESE
0.3
ESE
0.9
NE
1.2
NE
Period (s) 9 9 4 5
Wind (km/h) 15
NNE 20
NNE 20
NE 25
NE
Wind State cross cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at The Shoals

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

Wind History at The Shoals

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

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