Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (2024)

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Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (1)Photo by: Darren Evans

Raffs Beach Surf Guide

Raffs Beach in Qeenscliff is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the north. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. A fairly popluar wave that can sometimes get crowded Watch out for rocks.

Raffs Beach Spot Info

Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (2)BeachRaffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (3)2.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent

14.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Raffs Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Raffs Beach occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

    Hourly Forecast12 Day Forecast

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

mayBest Season: winter

The best time of year for surfing Raffs Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winterand most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 45% of the time in May while 50% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by mostsurfers 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 Raffs Beach Location Map

Interactive Raffs Beach 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 Raffs Beach is Avalon Airport (AVV) in Australia, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Raffs Beach is Melbourne Moorabbin Airport (MBW), also in Australia, 62 km (39 miles) away.

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Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (10)

Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.

Raffs Beach Surf Forecasts:

    Hourly Forecast12 Day Forecast
Todays Surf SummarySunday, 16 June 2024, 20:38 Local Time m, °C SunMonft, °F 7PM10PM1AM4AM Wave (m) 2S 1.8S 1SW 1SW Period (s) 7 8 14 14 Wind (km/h) 30 25 20 10 Wind State on on on on
What does Raffs Beach look like?Latest photos from Raffs Beach. Upload your own or view all photos on the gallery page.

Credit: Darren EvansCredit: Darren EvansCredit: Darren Evans

    Tides at Raffs Beach Current tide and informaton For Port Phillip Heads, Australia, 10 km from Raffs Beach.Next High Water: 07:20am | 1.19mNext Low Water: 01:01am | 0.53mNEXTIS AT (local time)remaininghigh tidelow tide

    Raffs Beach Sea Temperature

    The water temperature (14.2 °C) at Raffs Beach is quite cool. You will need a quality spring wetsuit, and maybe neoprene hood because it will be cloudy with an effective air temperature of just (9.0 °C). Gloves are a good idea, neoprene boots optional.Today, many surfers would wear a spring wetsuit, a neoprene hood and gloves.Current Temp*: 14.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellitewater-tempView Sea Temp Map

    Swell History at Raffs Beach

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

    Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (18)

    Average Swell

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    Wind History at Raffs Beach

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

    Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (21)

    Average Wind

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    Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

    Discover surf breaks near Raffs Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • 13th Beach-The Bluff

      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (24)Reef
      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (25)3.3

      Reliability: consistent

      1km away

    • 13th Beach-The Beacon

      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (26)Sandbar
      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (27)3.5

      Reliability: consistent

      3km away

    • Point Lonsdale

      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (28)Beach and reef
      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (29)2.4

      Reliability: fairly consistent

      9km away

    • Bancoora

      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (30)Reef
      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (31)3.7

      Reliability: fairly consistent

      10km away

    • Point Impossible

      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (32)Reef and point
      • Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (33)2.4

      Reliability: fairly consistent

      11km away

    Wave Buoys Nearest To Raffs Beach:

    • Closest Wave BuoyCape Sorell Waverider Buoy267 mi
    • Second closest Wave BuoyEden Waverider Buoy319 mi
    • Third closest Wave BuoyBatemans Bay Waverider Buoy369 mi
    • Fourth closest Wave BuoyPort Kembla Waverider Buoy448 mi
    • Fifth closest Wave BuoyCape du Couedic Buoy461 mi
    Raffs Beach Surf Forecast and Surf Reports (VIC (2024)


    Who has the most accurate surf report? ›

    The Top 5 Surf Forecast Websites
    • Surfline.
    • WindGuru.
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    • Surf-forecast.
    • MagicSeaweed.

    What is the best surf report app? ›

    Surfline has been the surf world's go-to for wave forecasting and surf reports since 1985, helping millions of surfers score better waves, more often. Use the Surfline app to know before you go anytime, anywhere. Keep track of current surf conditions. - View live surf cams at 1000+ breaks around the world.

    How are the waves in Virginia Beach today? ›

    Seas: ESE 2 feet at 6 seconds. Light SE winds with a slight chop. Very small very short period waves. Winds: SE 9 to 10 knots.

    What is the perfect weather for surfing? ›

    Surfing is usually best when it's wind-free. A surfer values glassy conditions―a calm surface of the water without gusts of wind―the most, but tough surfers learn to manage even the worst conditions. In surfing, there are two primary wind conditions: onshore and offshore.

    What is the number one surfing spot in the world? ›

    Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii

    According to a CNN report, Pipeline in Oahu is the world's number 1 surf spot.

    What is the best website to check surf conditions? ›

    SURFLINE.COM. Global Surf Reports, Surf Forecasts, Live Surf Cams and Coastal Weather.

    How accurate are surf forecasts? ›

    A surf report, however, is not a 100 percent accurate maritime weather forecast tool. Instead, surf reports represent interpretations of data collected over time from a given surf spot, and so each surf report site will have tuned the weather algorithms it uses to make sense of its prevailing conditions.

    Is there a surf forecast other than Surfline? ›

    Magicseaweed. Magicseaweed reportedly covers over 3,000 beaches in 180 countries. They use their multitudes of offshore weather buoys to provide visitors with detailed weather and swell maps, sea temperature readings, information on wind direction, and so on.

    What tide level is best for surfing? ›

    Not necessarily — it depends on where you plan to surf. High tides are great if you're headed towards a reef break. The only exception is if it's near a bluff, in which case the waves rarely break before hitting land. Conversely, medium to low tides are better if you're surfing near a beach break.

    Are waves bigger when tide is going out? ›

    Tide and Surfing

    If the tide is too high and rising, each successive wave will push higher, while if the tide is high and falling, the energy in the waves will decrease with each wave. As the tide approaches low tide, the waves will be less powerful and flat.

    Why are waves so big now? ›

    He says that human-caused climate change will force seas to rise in the future, making waves even bigger. A Scripps Institution of Oceanography study from last summer found that California waves have grown, on average, a foot taller in the last 50 years as climate change has heated up the planet.

    What are the bioluminescent waves in Virginia Beach? ›

    Some bioluminescent organisms are in the water off our coast right now, making the waves glow a vivid blue. "They're planktonic animals called dinoflagellates that are basically becoming much more dense, which causes that bioluminescent property," explains Michelle Coley with the Virginia Aquarium.

    When should you not surf? ›

    4-8 foot or bigger waves are best left for advanced surfers who know about timing sets, avoiding the “impact zone” (the place where the waves break), and surf etiquette. 8 ft. + are BIG waves and only highly experienced folk should enter the water.

    Are 2 ft waves surfable? ›

    Generally speaking the perfect size for beginners is 1 to 2ft. For intermediates: 2-4ft waves are best as it gives you more face of the wave to progress your skills on. You should keep an eye on the 'Swell Period', because it's a lot more indicative of the actual wave size (see the next point).

    What wind is too strong for surfing? ›

    But generally for surfing, you want light offshore winds under 15mph for clean, groomed waves. Anything more than that (say, a gusty offshore wind over 25mph) will make it harder to paddle into waves and, on weaker swells, harder to generate speed on the waves.

    What happened to magicseaweed? ›

    Global surf forecasting firm Magic Seaweed (MSW) has announced it is losing its name as it merges with California-based Surfline.

    What is poor to fair Surfline? ›

    3 = POOR: Poor surf with some (30%) FAIR waves to ride. 4 = POOR to FAIR: Generally poor surf many (50%) FAIR waves to ride. 5 = FAIR: Very average surf with most (70%) waves rideable. 6 = FAIR to GOOD: Fair surf with some (30%) GOOD waves.

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