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Ballinskelligs Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.3

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Ballinskelligs Bay break guidePhoto by: Sam Humphrey

Ballinskelligs Bay Surf Guide

Ballinskelligs Bay in County Kerry is a sheltered beach and reef break that does not work very often. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves and in addition there are both left and right reef breaks.. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for rocks.

Ballinskelligs Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and reefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
14.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ballinskelligs Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ballinskelligs Bay occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Ballinskelligs Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 8% of the time in April while 27% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 65% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
8%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
27%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
65%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Ballinskelligs Bay Location Map

Interactive Ballinskelligs Bay 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 Ballinskelligs Bay is Kerry Airport (KIR) in Ireland, 60 km (37 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ballinskelligs Bay is Cork Airport (ORK), also in Ireland, 117 km (73 miles) away.

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Ballinskelligs Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 19 June 2021, 22:37 Local Time
Saturday 19Sun
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 1.5
W
2.1
SW
1.7
SSW
1.3
W
Period (s) 10 10 8 11
Wind (km/h)
35
30
30
20
Wind State cross cross cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Ballinskelligs Bay

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

Wind History at Ballinskelligs Bay

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

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