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Cornish Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Cornish Reef Surf Guide

Cornish Reef in County Clare is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. A left hand reef. Best around mid tide. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Take care of rocks and rips.

Cornish Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Cornish Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Cornish Reef 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 Cornish Reef (for consistent clean waves)?

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Cornish Reef 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 35% of the time in April while 60% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
35%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
60%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
5%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Cornish Reef Location Map

Interactive Cornish Reef 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 Cornish Reef is Shannon Airport (SNN) in Ireland, 38 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Cornish Reef is Galway Airport (GWY), also in Ireland, 53 km (33 miles) away.

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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.
Cornish Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 08:33 Local Time
Tuesday 13
10AM1PM4PM7PM
Wave (m) 0.6
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.6
WNW
0.5
NW
Period (s) 10 10 9 9
Wind (km/h) 5
SE 0
NNW 10
NNW 10
N
Wind State cross-
off
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Swell History at Cornish Reef

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

Wind History at Cornish Reef

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Cornish Reef:

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.