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Woolacombe ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Woolacombe Spot ID

Riding the Storm, Woolacombe photo


Photo credit: Natalie

Putsborough beach, near Woolacombe photo


Photo credit: Conor

Type: beach and reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WNW | Wind E

Sea Temperature Today is: 8.8 °C

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Saturday, 19 January 2019, 17:39 Local time
Saturday 19Sun
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 14 14 13 13
Wind (km/h) 5
N 10
NNE 10
NE 10
Wind State glass cross-

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Woolacombe in North Devon is a quite exposed beach and reef break that has pretty consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the east. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and there is a right hand reef break as well.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Overcrowding can even make surfing hazardous.

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Ilfracombe, England, 8 km from Woolacombe.

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Woolacombe Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Langleigh Ilfracombe wx, 6 km from Woolacombe.


Mostly Cloudy
Air temperature
6.8 °C

Current weather near Woolacombe

Buoy Data:

At Bideford Bay Waverider, 9 miles from Woolacombe.

  12PM 1PM 2PM 3PM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 1.7
Dominant period (s) 10.5 13.3 14.3 13.3

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Overall Woolacombe Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Tide stations nearest to Woolacombe:

  • Closest tide station
    5 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    6 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    28 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    29 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Woolacombe:


  • The closest passenger airport to Woolacombe is Swansea Airport (SWS) in Wales, 49 km (30 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Woolacombe is Cardiff Airport (CWL), also in Wales, 65 km (40 miles) away.
  • Third is Exeter Airport (EXT) in England, 75 km (47 miles) away.
  • Plymouth Airport (PLH) in England is 84 km (52 miles) away.
  • St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY), also in England is the fifth nearest airport to Woolacombe and is 99 km (61 miles) away.
Woolacombe break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Woolacombe, Devon (North). Use the tab navigation above to view Woolacombe sea temperature, Woolacombe photographs, Woolacombe detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Woolacombe webcams, current wind from Devon (North) live weather stations and Woolacombe tide predictions. The United Kingdom swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom 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 Woolacombe.