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Coumeenole break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Coumeenole Surf Guide

Coumeenole in County Kerry is an exposed beach break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the northeast with some shelter here from north winds. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. Best around low tide when the tide is rising. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Hazards include wreck, rips.

Coumeenole Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Coumeenole:

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

mayBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Coumeenole with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 21% of the time in May while 45% 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.
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 Coumeenole 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 Coumeenole is Kerry Airport (KIR) in Ireland, 65 km (40 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Coumeenole is Shannon Airport (SNN), also in Ireland, 124 km (77 miles) away.

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Coumeenole Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 22 May 2022, 01:52 Local Time
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Period (s) 8 8 8 9
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Swell History at Coumeenole

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

Wind History at Coumeenole

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

Coumeenole Reviews:

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Rob Davies from New Zealand
“Coumeenole is located at the far Western tip of the Dingle Peninsular, below the scenic Slea Head Drive. There is parking very nearby, and in summer an excellent mobile coffee shop often parks above the beach. The area has become a very popular spot on sunny summer days but for the rest of the year you'd be unlucky to find crowds of surfers in the water.

Coumeenole is a picture perfect beach, one of the finest in Ireland, and the waves are up there too. Facing southwest and very exposed to any swell from that quarter Coumeenole is sheltered from northeast, north, northwest and to some degree, even westerly winds.

It is often surprising how much of a westerly swell gets in here because it looks like it should be mostly blocked by the Blasket Islands. Somehow enough gets through. A Westerly swell of just 1.8 m and 8 seconds is about the minimum that will produce surfable waves here, at about knee to waist high but if the same size swell comes from the SW or if a 3m swell comes from the west, it will be head-high and excellent.

This makes Coumeenole a very good bet on days when west winds accompany a small to moderate west swell - a very common situation in this part of Ireland, especially in Summer. At these times, Coumeenole can be pretty much the only surfable spot in the area because most spots in Dingle are blown out in westerly wind. In a northwest wind, the contrast is even greater - head-high onshore mush at Brandon Bay versus pristine little waves here and clean and flat as a tack at Inch Reef.

Expect to find some of the clearest water in Europe and plenty of harmless marine life. Low to mid tide dishes up very peaky waves that are very easy to get into. As the tide pushes up onto the bank at the back of the bay, the waves tend to get heavier and at high tide the close out is probably best left to spongeboarders who can get little cover-ups.

Although I have never surfed here when the waves are overhead, this must happen frequently outside of summer. I have no idea whether or not the break can handle very big winter swells, which must easily exceed 10 feet here, but I have it on good account that at 6 foot it is just fine.”

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