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Back Strands ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.6

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Back Strands Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell W | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 13.5 °C

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Saturday, 10 October 2015, 06:20 Local time
Saturday 10
Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 11 11 10 16
Wind (km/h) 20
SSE 15
SE 15
ESE 15
Wind State cross-
off off cross-

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Back Strands in Sligo is a fairly exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the southeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. A right hand reef break. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water.

Ireland wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

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Back Strands Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Finner, 17 km from Back Strands.

light winds from the ENE

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Air temperature
11.2 °C

Current weather near Back Strands

Overall Back Strands Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in October

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Back Strands Location Maps

Back Strands Location Map

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Back Strands:

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Wave buoys nearest to Back Strands:

Tide stations nearest to Back Strands:

  • Closest tide station
    60 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    62 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Bun Cranncha
    63 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    85 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    87 mi
snow forecast website

Ski Resorts closest to Back Strands:

  • Closest ski area
    Glencoe Mountain Resort (United Kingdom)
    208 mi
  • Second closest ski area
    Nevis Range (United Kingdom)
    214 mi
  • Third closest ski area
    Raise (United Kingdom)
    219 mi
  • Fourth closest ski area
    Yad Moss (United Kingdom)
    246 mi
  • Fifth closest ski area
    Harwood Common (United Kingdom)
    249 mi
city weather forecast website

Town and city forecasts close to Back Strands:

  • Closest city location
    Derry (United Kingdom)
    60 mi
  • Second closest city location
    Londonderry County Borough (United Kingdom)
    60 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Lisburn (United Kingdom)
    73 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Craigavon (United Kingdom)
    85 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    Galway (Ireland)
    85 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Back Strands is Sligo Airport (SXL) in Ireland, 20 km (12 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Back Strands is St Angelo (Enniskillen) Airport (ENK) in England, 54 km (34 miles) away.
  • Third is Connaught Airport (NOC) in Ireland, 64 km (40 miles) away.
  • Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland is 107 km (66 miles) away.
  • Galway Airport (GWY) in Ireland is the fifth nearest airport to Back Strands and is 131 km (81 miles) away.
Back Strands break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Back Strands, Sligo. Use the tab navigation above to view Back Strands sea temperature, Back Strands photographs, Back Strands detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Back Strands webcams, current wind from Sligo live weather stations and Back Strands tide predictions. The Ireland swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Ireland and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Ireland wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Back Strands.