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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: 8.6 °C

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Friday, 22 March 2019, 20:55 Local time
FriSaturday 23
Wave (m) 4.0
Period (s) 12 12 12 13
Wind (km/h) 35
W 30
WNW 25
WNW 20
Wind State 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.

fresh winds from the W

Continuous light rain
Air temperature
7.6 °C

Current weather near Back Strands

Buoy Data:

At Belmullet Berth B Buoy, 68 miles from Back Strands.

  4PM 5PM 6PM 7PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 4.88
Average period (s) 7.65 7.99 8.02 7.69

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Overall Back Strands Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in March

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Town and city forecasts close to Back Strands:

  • Closest city location
    Derry (United Kingdom)
    60 mi
  • Second closest city location
    60 mi
  • Third closest city location
    Lisburn (United Kingdom)
    73 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    Craigavon (United Kingdom)
    85 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    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.