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Ballybunion break guide

Ballybunion Surf Guide

Ballybunion in County Kerry is an exposed beach reef and point break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west. Waves at the beach break both left and right as well as a left hand reef break. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Rocks are a hazard.

Ballybunion Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeach reef and pointIcon  s44.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
13.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ballybunion:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Ballybunion 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 37% of the time in April while 59% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 4% 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 Ballybunion Location Map

Interactive Ballybunion 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 Ballybunion is Kerry Airport (KIR) in Ireland, 37 km (23 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ballybunion is Shannon Airport (SNN), also in Ireland, 56 km (35 miles) away.

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Ballybunion Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 22:08 Local Time
SatSunday 29
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 10 12 12
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Ballybunion

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

Wind History at Ballybunion

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

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    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.7
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    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: consistent
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    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s21.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    29km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    32km away

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