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Banff ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Banff Surf Guide

Banff on the East Coast is a fairly exposed beach and point break that only works when conditions are just right. Winter and spring are the optimum times of year to visit. Offshore winds blow from the south. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the north northeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves Best around mid tide. Take care of rips, rocks and pollution.

Banff Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach and pointIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
8.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Banff:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Banff with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in January while 14% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 82% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
4%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
14%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
82%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Banff Location Map

Interactive Banff 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 Banff is Lossiemouth Airport (LMO) in U.k, 49 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Banff is Dyce (Aberdeen) Airport (ABZ), also in U.k, 56 km (35 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Banff Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 6 May 2021, 04:49 Local Time
Thursday 06
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m) 1.2
NNW
1.2
N
1.0
N
1.0
N
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
W 25
NNW 30
NNW 25
NNW
Wind State cross on cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Banff

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

Wind History at Banff

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Banff. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    13km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    16km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Banff: