Surfing in Shark Island, Cronulla, New South Wales Australia

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Cronulla is a beach-side suburb in southern Sydney, at about 26 km/16 mi in the south of Sydney's CBD (Central Business District). Cronulla lies on a peninsula, between Botany Bay on the north and Port Hacking on the south. Cronulla is a popular tourist location and attracts many beach enthusiasts.

Mark Occhilupo, the famous professional surfer and world champion made Cronulla beach a famous surf spot. The beach features a long stretch of sand, extending from Boat Harbor to North Cronulla. To reach Shark Island, you can paddle from Cronulla Point across a flat channel.

Shark Island is an exposed reef break that offers very consistent surf. The best wind direction is from the west, southwest and the ideal swell direction is from the east, southeast. The site is appropriate for experienced surfers only.

The best tide movement is rising tide and the ideal tide position is high tide only. Surfers can explore the waves with swell sizes from 1 m-1.5 m/3 ft-5 ft and holds up to 3 m/10 ft. In summer the wind blows offshore at 23%, in autumn the wind blows at 43%, in winter at 49% and in spring at 27%.

The best time for surfing is around mid tide. Last but not least, it is a crowded spot, when it works. Watch out for rocks.