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Carteret ratings
Quality on a good day: 1.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.8

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Carteret Surf Guide

Carteret in Normandy is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Ideal winds are from the east. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Rarely crowded here.

Carteret Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Carteret:

The best conditions reported for surf at Carteret occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Carteret with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 12% of the time in April while 24% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 64% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
12%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
24%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
64%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Carteret Location Map

Interactive Carteret 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 Carteret is Jersey Airport (JER) in England, 34 km (21 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Carteret is Maupertus (Cherbourg) Airport (CER) in France, 39 km (24 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Carteret Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 07:31 Local Time
Tuesday 13
5AM8AM11AM2PM
Wave (m) 0.4
WNW
0.3
WNW
0.3
WNW
0.1
W
Period (s) 5 4 4 13
Wind (km/h) 15
E 15
E 15
ESE 10
ESE
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Carteret

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

Wind History at Carteret

Wind stats for Carteret, 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 Carteret. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    6km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: rarely breaks
    11km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    12km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    13km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    15km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Carteret:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.