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Durlston Surf Guide

Durlston on the South Coast is a sheltered point break that does not work very often. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. The best wind direction is from the west with some shelter here from southwest winds. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. Best around low tide. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for rocks and rips.

Durlston Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
14.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Durlston:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Durlston 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 23% of the time in January while 2% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 75% 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 Durlston Location Map

Interactive Durlston 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 Durlston is Bournemouth Airport (BOH) in England, 22 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Durlston is Southampton Airport (SOU), also in England, 58 km (36 miles) away.

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Durlston Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 8 June 2023, 13:30 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 5 5 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on on cross-

Swell History at Durlston

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

Wind History at Durlston

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Durlston:

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