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Carrickfinn Surf Guide

Carrickfinn in Donegal is a fairly exposed beach break that does not work very often with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the east southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Light onshore winds ruin the qulaity Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Best around high tide. An uncrowded break, even when it is working.

Carrickfinn Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
8.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Carrickfinn:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Carrickfinn 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 23% of the time in January while 69% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% 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).

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Interactive Carrickfinn 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 Carrickfinn is Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland, 76 km (47 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Carrickfinn is St Angelo (Enniskillen) Airport (ENK) in England, 85 km (53 miles) away.

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Carrickfinn Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 16 April 2021, 14:40 Local Time
Friday 16Sat
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 11 11 10 10
Wind (km/h) 30
SSW 20
SSE 10
SSE 20
Wind State cross cross-

Swell History at Carrickfinn

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

Wind History at Carrickfinn

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

Carrickfinn Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Colin from Ireland
“Not a very consistent break but can have nice waves on the push with an offshore wind. Very crumbly when onshore. Water is usually very clear and clean. Lifeguards in summer for kids bodyboarding safely. Better breaks in the area but a good fallback if other places are too big or conditions aren't good elsewhere.”

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