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Birling Gap Surf Guide

Birling Gap in South Coast of England is a quite exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the northeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Still reasonable in light onshore winds Waves more likely to be from local windswells than distant groundswells and the optimum wave angle is from the southwest. There is no reef break. Likely to be crowded if working. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Birling Gap Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Birling Gap:

The best conditions reported for surf at Birling Gap 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 Birling Gap (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Birling Gap 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 0% of the time in January while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 55% 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).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Birling Gap Location Map

Interactive Birling Gap 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 Birling Gap is Gatwick (London) Airport (LGW) in England, 53 km (33 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Birling Gap is Lydd Airport (LYX) in U.k., 57 km (35 miles) away.

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Birling Gap Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 30 November 2022, 06:06 Local Time
Wednesday 30
Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off cross-

Swell History at Birling Gap

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

Wind History at Birling Gap

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

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