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Dawlish Warren break guidePhoto by: Matt Rawlings

Dawlish Warren Surf Guide

Dawlish Warren in South Devon is a sheltered beach break that has unreliable waves. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the north northwest. Most of the surf comes fis in the form of windswells and the best wave direction is from the south southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. It's sometimes crowded here.

Dawlish Warren Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
14.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Dawlish Warren:

The best conditions reported for surf at Dawlish Warren occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Dawlish Warren 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 2% of the time in January while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 81% 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).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Dawlish Warren Location Map

Interactive Dawlish Warren 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 Dawlish Warren is Exeter Airport (EXT) in England, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Dawlish Warren is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 51 km (32 miles) away.

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Dawlish Warren Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
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Swell History at Dawlish Warren

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

Wind History at Dawlish Warren

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

Dawlish Warren Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
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  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s11.3
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s21.7
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Paul from United Kingdom
“When it works here it is a lovely surf, usually a small wave but always quiet in the Autumn/Winter with the occasional seal popping up. I have found an occasional strong rip at low tide but not too much to worry about. The other guys who surf here are a friendly bunch and usually up for a chat between sets.”

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