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Bolt Head ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0

Overall: 3.0

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Bolt Head Surf Guide

Bolt Head in South Devon is a fairly exposed point break that does not work very often. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the north. Usually gets local windswells, but groundswells do happen and the best wave direction is from the southwest. Best around mid tide. Take care of the strong rips here.

Bolt Head Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon point  redPointIcon  s33.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
9.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Bolt Head:

The best conditions reported for surf at Bolt Head occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Bolt Head 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 29% of the time in January while 37% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 34% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
29%
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
34%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Bolt Head Location Map

Interactive Bolt Head 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 Bolt Head is Plymouth Airport (PLH) in England, 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Bolt Head is Exeter Airport (EXT), also in England, 64 km (40 miles) away.

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Bolt Head Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 17 April 2021, 10:20 Local Time
Saturday 17
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 0.3
WSW
0.4
SW
0.6
WSW
0.5
WSW
Period (s) 11 11 11 11
Wind (km/h) 15
ENE 15
ESE 10
ESE 5
SSW
Wind State cross cross-
on
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Swell History at Bolt Head

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

Wind History at Bolt Head

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

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    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
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