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Balnakiel Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0

Overall: 4.0

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Balnakiel Bay Surf Guide

Balnakiel Bay on the North Coast is a reasonably exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east with some shelter here from north winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide.

Balnakiel Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s44.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Balnakiel Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Balnakiel Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 16% of the time in February while 66% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 18% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
16%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
66%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
18%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Balnakiel Bay Location Map

Interactive Balnakiel 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 Balnakiel Bay is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 99 km (61 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Balnakiel Bay is Stornoway Airport (SYY), also in U.k., 100 km (62 miles) away.

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Balnakiel Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 11:52 Local Time
Tuesday 26
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m)
2
W
1.7
W
2.4
WSW
3
WSW
Period (s) 11 11 10 9
Wind (km/h)
20
30
50
45
Wind State cross-
off
cross cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Balnakiel Bay

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

Wind History at Balnakiel Bay

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

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    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    17km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    22km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    22km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    23km away

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