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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

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and reefIcon  s33.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
21.0°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:

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

augustBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Trough with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of August. Clean surfable waves are typically found 2% of the time in August while 13% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 85% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
2%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
13%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
85%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Trough Location Map

Interactive The Trough 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 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.

Icon breakBreak
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 Trough Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 04:20 Local Time
Sunday 11
0:30AM3:30AM6:30AM9:30AM
Wave (m) 1.2
SW
1.0
SSW
0.9
SSW
0.9
SSW
Period (s) 5 5 5 4
Wind (km/h) 25
SSW 25
S 20
S 25
SSE
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at The Trough

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

Wind History at The Trough

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near The Trough. Click below to view there surf guides.


Wave Buoys Nearest To The Trough:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.