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SURF

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw394
State/Region:
NSW Kiama
Post Code:
2533
Length:
0.25km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
kendalls  (0.3km) black  (0.4km) robertson basin  (0.5km) easts  (1km) bombo  (1.2km)

Beach Status

OPEN

Beach

Surf Beach (NSW 394) is the main surfing beach for Kiama, and is located just beside the old highway. The embayed beach is just 270 m long, faces east and is bounded by the prominent 15 m high basalt headlands of Church and Kendalls points. Kiama Oval sits on Church Point, a park surrounds the back of the beach with the Kiama SLSC in the centre. This has long been a popular beach with the surf club forming in 1908 when people from Sydney used to come down by train to see the Blow Hole and swim in the surf. The first dressing sheds, for the ladies, were built in 1911. While this is a convenient beach it is also potentially hazardous, being exposed to most swell and with waves averaging 1-1.5 m. Within the confines of the small beach the waves generate two permanent rips against the rocks at each end, and occasionally a central rip (Fig. 4.320). In addition, rocks are often exposed on the beach in front of the Surf Club, and a channelised creek drains across the southern end. Fortunately the bar between the rips is usually attached to the beach.

Swimming

Surf Beach is the most hazardous with permanent rips, while Kendalls and East offer usually quieter conditions free of rips. All three are patrolled, so stay between the flags.

Surfing

Surf Beach offers the only regular surf, which is best under low to moderate waves, with big waves closing out across the bay. During moderate east to northeast swell a left called The Wedge runs along the rocks on the south side of Blow Hole Point.

Fishing

There are always gutters of Surf Beach and abundant rocks around the foreshore. However beware as the rocks are steep and wash washed.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park

Regulation Symbols

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 15/02 Tue 16/02 Wed 17/02 Thu 18/02 Fri 19/02 Sat 20/02 Sun 21/02
    Kiama SLSC
    10:00
    -
    16:00
    10:00
    -
    16:00
    Kiama Municipal Council Lifeguard Service
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    35
    First Aids:
    15
    Preventative Actions:
    349

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Kiama SLSC Kiama Municipal Council Lifeguard Service

    Hazards

    Service Providers

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    WEATHER

    Mon, 15 Feb 09:00 am

    KIAMA AWS (2 km)


    Shower or two.
    22.80 °C
    SSW/13 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    MonTueWedThuFriSat
    25° 20° 24° 18° 22° 17° 25° 17° 27° 20° 25° 21°

    WATER

    24

    Issued at Sun, 14 Feb 15:01

    SWELL FORECAST

    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • S
      19 km/h
      1.3m
    • SSW
      11 km/h
      1.1m
    • SW
      15 km/h
      0.8m
    • SSE
      31 km/h
      1.9m
    • SSW
      24 km/h
      2.2m
    • S
      18 km/h
      2.6m
    • W
      10 km/h
      2.7m
    • ENE
      16 km/h
      2.6m

    Kiama issued at Sun, 14 Feb 22:11

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Point Perpendicular early in the morning, then tending northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
    Swell:
    Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Port Kembla during the morning.
    Seas:
    1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Port Kembla during the afternoon.
    Weather:
    Cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

    UV INDEX

    12



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • High
      02:28
      1.52m
    • Low
      08:51
      0.47m
    • High
      14:49
      1.29m
    • Low
      20:58
      0.45m

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    Port Kembla issued at Mon, 15 Feb 00:00

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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