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Ballyhiernan Bay Surf Guide

Ballyhiernan Bay in Donegal is an exposed beach break that has very consistent surf and works all around the year. The best wind direction is from the south southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the north northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around high tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Ballyhiernan Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
12.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ballyhiernan Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ballyhiernan Bay occur when a North-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Ballyhiernan Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 19% of the time in October while 37% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 44% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
19%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
37%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
44%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Ballyhiernan Bay Location Map

Interactive Ballyhiernan 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 Ballyhiernan Bay is Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ballyhiernan Bay is St Angelo (Enniskillen) Airport (ENK) in England, 95 km (59 miles) away.

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Ballyhiernan Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 26 May 2022, 06:42 Local Time
Thursday 26
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m)
2.2
WNW
2.2
WNW
2.2
WNW
2.5
WNW
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
30
30
35
45
Wind State cross-
off
cross cross cross

Swell History at Ballyhiernan Bay

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

Wind History at Ballyhiernan Bay

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

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