Evans Head Beach

Evans Head Beach

New South Wales, North Coast


This exposed surf spot at the very Australian beach and river town of Evans Head can be fun for beginner surfers during small swells when great waves, both rights and lefts break over the various sandbars that form in front of the surf club.

Wave Type
The sandbars on Evans Head Beach are uneven with rips and long shore gutters present, posing more challenging surfing conditions for inexperienced surfers than at other north facing beaches. When the waves are small, pick an inner sandbar that is attached to the beach and stick to it. Catching really fun green waves and turning is also possible during small wave days and on higher tides. Bigger waves break and stronger rips exist to the north up the beach.

Avoid the permanent rip current that exists beside the break wall at the south end of the beach. During big wave days, look for more sheltered surf spots up or down the coast at Byron Bay to the north (one hours drive), or Arrawarra Beach to the south (two hours drive) as the rip currents at this beach can be dangerously strong. During and after heavy rain the water does get murky, so give surfing a miss until the water cleans up.

Good Wind Direction
Best on South to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North to East swells around to medium South swells.

Hazards
Rocks, rip currents and marine life.

Have fun surfing Evans Head by practicing surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Access
Walk from the town of Evans Head or park behind the beach near the surf club.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled from the end of September on weekends and public holidays until the end of April - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Amenities
Located next to the surf club.

Closest Shops
Cafes, restaurants, take away shops, Shelley's Crystal Coast Surf Shop and a hotel are located in town with Ballina to the north offering more services.

Photos of Evans Head Beach

Evans Head breakwall

Evans Head Beach - beginners should avoid the rip current that often exists beside the break wall.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Evans Head surfing

Surfing Evans Head is best for beginners on small wave days.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Afternoon snooze in the warm sun.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe