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Barbate River Surf Guide

Barbate River in Andalucia is an exposed river break that does not work very often. Winter and spring are the best times of year to visit. Offshore winds blow from the northeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The river breaks consists of lefts. When it's working here, it can get crowded.

Barbate River Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
18.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Barbate River:

The best conditions reported for surf at Barbate River occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Barbate River with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 10% of the time in October while 16% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 74% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
10%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
16%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
74%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Barbate River Location Map

Interactive Barbate River 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 Barbate River is Ibn Batouta (Tanger) Airport (TNG) in Morocco, 50 km (31 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Barbate River is Gibraltar Airport (GIB) in Gibraltar, 51 km (32 miles) away.

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Barbate River Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 08:44 Local Time
Wednesday 18
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m)
1.4
WNW
1.5
W
1.5
W
1.4
WNW
Period (s) 13 12 12 12
Wind (km/h)
15
10
10
15
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Barbate River

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

Wind History at Barbate River

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Barbate River: