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Indian River Seasonal Surf Averages

Based on the last ten years data for this location this page gives seasonal trends and an idea of what kind of conditions you can expect and when. Of course these are just averages - it's worth reading carefully to understand exactly what they mean and to recognise the kind of variation you could expect on a trip because an average can never tell the whole story. Click on a month below to see more detail.
If you want a past forecast for a specific date range then click here.

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Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

Wind Swell Ground Swell
15%
1%

14%

Jan
23%
4%

19%

Feb
27%
4%

23%

Mar
26%
2%

24%

Apr
26%
 
26%

May
12%
 
12%

Jun
7%
 
7%

Jul
12%
3%

9%

Aug
35%
9%

26%

Sep
22%
4%

18%

Oct
22%
4%

18%

Nov
13%
1%

12%

Dec
This graph shows the percentage of days that had a ridable wind swell (7 seconds period or more) or groundswell (10 seconds period or more) of over 3ft. It also shows the dominant wind direction. Not all of these days will neccessarily give great surf, and very short lived wind swells or longer period secondary swells may produce surf not recorded, but it gives a clear idea of the seasonal trend and a rough guide to the chances of scoring something ridable.

Monthly Overview

Jan
Swell
Consistency
15%
Average Swell
Height
6ft
Average Swell
Period
9s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Feb
Swell
Consistency
23%
Average Swell
Height
6ft
Average Swell
Period
9s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Mar
Swell
Consistency
27%
Average Swell
Height
6ft
Average Swell
Period
9s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Apr
Swell
Consistency
26%
Average Swell
Height
6ft
Average Swell
Period
8s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
May
Swell
Consistency
26%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
8s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Jun
Swell
Consistency
12%
Average Swell
Height
4ft
Average Swell
Period
8s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Jul
Swell
Consistency
7%
Average Swell
Height
3ft
Average Swell
Period
8s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Aug
Swell
Consistency
12%
Average Swell
Height
4ft
Average Swell
Period
9s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Sep
Swell
Consistency
35%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
9s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Oct
Swell
Consistency
22%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
9s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Nov
Swell
Consistency
22%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
9s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell
Dec
Swell
Consistency
13%
Average Swell
Height
5ft
Average Swell
Period
9s
Dominant Wind
Dominant Swell

Understanding this Data

These swell averages are calculated ONLY on swells of more than 7 seconds period. This means this is the average height of a swell that's likely to produce ridable surf NOT an average of every wave heading toward the beach in a month. Likewise the period is the average period OVER 7 seconds. There will be days that have short period wind swells that won't produce and ridable swell and these are excluded from the averages. The consistency figure gives the percentage of days that meet this condition.

For example if the consistency is 50% you could expect the 'average' swell for about 15 days in the month. Of course an average tells only part of the story. A combination of very large and very small swells may produce the same average as a consistent medium sized swell.

Monthly Data

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Nearby Spots

Stockton
Wildwood
Avalon
Ocean City, NJ
States Avenue
Holyoke
Surf City
Casino Pier
Manasquan
Asbury Park
Deal
Virginia Beach
The Cove
Rockaway
Long Beach
Lido Beach
Kitty Hawk
Kill Devil Hills
Robert Moses State Park
S Turns
Fire Island
Mastic Beach
Cape Hatteras
Frisco
Fortress
North Bar
Misquamicut
Atlantic Beach
Breachway
Bogue Pier
Matunuck
K38/39
Lighthouse (Point Judith)
Monahan's Dock
Elbow Ledge
Ruggles
1st Beach (Eastons Beach)
2nd Beach (Sachuest Beach)
Topsail Island
Squibnocket
Lucy Vincent
Abels Hill
Long Point
Crystal Pier
South Beach
Carolina Beach
Pelican Watch
Nantasket Beach
Plymouth Beach
Scituate
Holden Beach
Ocean Isle Beach
Cape Ann
Cape Cod
The Wall
Rye Rocks
Dunes Cove
Jenness Beach
Springmaid Beach
Long Sands
Short Sands
Garden City Pier
Ogunquit River
The Pier (Pawleys Island)
Kennebunk Beach
Fortunes Rocks
Old Orchard Beach
Higgins Beach
Isle of Palms Pier
The Washout