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The Trough ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Crowds: 2.5
Accommodation: 4.0

Overall: 3.1

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The Trough Surf Guide

The Trough on the South Coast is a quite exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west southwest. There is a right hand reef break. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Hazards include rocks and sharks.

The Trough Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Trough:

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

Surf Forecasts:
South-Australia wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view The Trough sea temperature, The Trough photographs, The Trough detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, The Trough webcams, current wind from SA - Adelaide live weather stations and The Trough tide predictions. The Australia swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Australia and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Australia wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around The Trough

The Trough Surf:

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 08:07 Local time
Tuesday 11
Wave (m) -
Period (s) - - 6 10
Wind (km/h) 30
NNE 30
N 35
N 35
Wind State cross-
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Tide Times:

For Aldinga, 6 km from The Trough.

IS AT (local time)

The Trough Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Noarlunga, 8 km from The Trough.

moderate winds from the N

Air temperature
13.1 °C

Current weather near The Trough

Buoy Data:

At Cape du Couedic Buoy, 119 miles from The Trough.

  3AM 4AM 5AM 6AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.5
Dominant period (s) 14.3 15.4 8.3 8.3

All wavebuoys around The Trough

Overall The Trough Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in August


Surf stats for The Trough: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for The Trough: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Messy and bigger day at the trough photo

The Trough

Photo credit: mstocky

The Trough Location Maps

The Trough Location Map

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Surf spots located close to The TroughShoreline around The TroughRoads and rivers around The Trough

Use this relief map to navigate to SA - Adelaide surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of The Trough

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to The Trough:

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Wave buoys nearest to The Trough:

Tide stations nearest to The Trough:

  • Closest tide station
    4 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    Port Noarlunga
    4 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Happy Valley
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    14 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    Second Valley
    24 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to The Trough is Adelaide International Airport (ADL) in Australia, which is 32 km (20 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to The Trough is Woomera Airport (UMR), also in Australia, 480 km (298 miles) away.
The Trough break location map and break info