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Ballydavid break guidePhoto by: Nick Russill

Ballydavid Surf Guide

Ballydavid in County Kerry is an exposed reef break that only works once in a while. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Offshore winds blow from the south. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. There is a right hand reef break. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Ballydavid Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
9.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ballydavid:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ballydavid occur when a North swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ballydavid with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 1% of the time in October while 2% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 97% 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).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Ballydavid 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 Ballydavid is Kerry Airport (KIR) in Ireland, 59 km (37 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ballydavid is Shannon Airport (SNN), also in Ireland, 114 km (71 miles) away.

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Ballydavid Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
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Swell History at Ballydavid

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

Wind History at Ballydavid

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

Ballydavid Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Rob Davies from New Zealand
“A right reef break located just north of the jetty and close to two good pubs in Ballydavid, on the east side of Smerwick Harbour, not far from Dingle. The pub closest to the break specialises in local seafood.

Ballydavid reef needs a north or north-northwest swell which often happens when a deep low tracks between Iceland and Scotland; a regular occurence in autumn and winter.

Unfortunately, the wave tends to be very wind affected and onshore or cross-shore winds are very common. Glassy days are rare on this SW edge of Europe.

If you do catch it with a solid north swell and light or SE winds, it will be excellent.”

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