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Back Strands Surf Guide

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.

Back Strands Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
11.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Back Strands:

The best conditions reported for surf at Back Strands occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Back Strands (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Back Strands with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 35% of the time in February while 55% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Back Strands Location Map

Interactive Back Strands surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. 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.

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Back Strands Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 29 November 2021, 08:59 Local Time
Monday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on on cross-

Swell History at Back Strands

Surf stats for Back Strands, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Back Strands

Wind stats for Back Strands, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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