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Ballycotton break guidePhoto by: Jorkil

Ballycotton Surf Guide

Ballycotton in County Cork is a sheltered beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide.

Ballycotton Spot Info

Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ballycotton:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ballycotton occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ballycotton with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 29% of the time in December while 15% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 56% 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 Ballycotton Location Map

Interactive Ballycotton 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 Ballycotton is Cork Airport (ORK) in Ireland, 32 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ballycotton is Waterford Airport (WAT), also in Ireland, 75 km (47 miles) away.

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Ballycotton Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 March 2023, 06:44 Local Time
Sunday 26
Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 13 12 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
cross cross cross-

Swell History at Ballycotton

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

Wind History at Ballycotton

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

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    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.7
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    12km away
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    Reliability: inconsistent
    21km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    21km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    34km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    47km away

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