About Cobden

Greymouth is one of the largest settlements on the west coast. It's a town steeped in history, and for those with an interest in the past, it's worth checking out the Maori heritage and the story of the gold rush in the 1860s. Those with a bit more time are sure to appreciate the relaxed vibe that comes from this charming town.

In terms of waves, just one mile out of Greymouth you'll find Cobden, where you've got two options to choose from, both less than a mile from each other.

Cobden Beach predominantly dishes up left-handers, while the breakwater just down the road has a tendency to produce rights. Apart from that, the conditions required are quite similar, so check them both out and take your pick. As with most spots on the west coast, you're not likely to have a problem with crowds.

Source: Cobden Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Mellow.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

Minimal

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Not world class but produces some quality waves on a proper swell.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Can get pretty rippy when there's some size.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Pretty good

Additional Information

Hazards

Turning your back on the ocean.

Access

Easy

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

All year, but avoid winter if you dislike frozen fingers

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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