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Dunbar/Belhaven Bay Surf Guide

Dunbar/Belhaven Bay on the East Coast is a quite exposed beach and reef break that is usually a safe bet. Winter and spring are the favoured times of year to visit. Offshore winds blow from the west southwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Dunbar/Belhaven Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
6.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Dunbar/Belhaven Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Dunbar/Belhaven Bay occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Dunbar/Belhaven Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Dunbar/Belhaven Bay 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 7% of the time in January while 19% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 74% 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).

Explore Dunbar/Belhaven Bay Location Map

Interactive Dunbar/Belhaven Bay 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 Dunbar/Belhaven Bay is Leuchars Airport (ADX) in U.k, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Dunbar/Belhaven Bay is Edinburgh Airport (EDI), also in U.k, 53 km (33 miles) away.

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Dunbar/Belhaven Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 8 February 2023, 03:26 Local Time
Wednesday 08
Wave (m)
Period (s) - - - 20
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Dunbar/Belhaven Bay

Surf stats for Dunbar/Belhaven Bay, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Dunbar/Belhaven Bay

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

Dunbar/Belhaven Bay Reviews:

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Based on 9 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.2
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s44.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Dave k from United Kingdom
“I have surfed this beach for the last 24 years, and the best swell direction is North east, easterly, the waves break better when the swell has more of an easterly direction and the winds are off shore and light, Belhaven can be frustrating as the sand bars are constantly shifting coupled with some large tides the conditions can change rapidly, and larger swells can be hard work due to lots of white water.”

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