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Fanad Head Reef Surf Guide

Fanad Head Reef in Donegal is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the south southeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Poor surf in light onshore winds Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the north northwest. There is no beach break as well as a left hand reef break. Crowds are never a problem here. Rocks are a hazard.

Fanad Head Reef Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
10.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Fanad Head Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Fanad Head Reef occur when a North-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

octoberBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Fanad Head Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of October. Clean surfable waves are typically found 20% of the time in October while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 44% 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 Fanad Head Reef Location Map

Interactive Fanad Head 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 Fanad Head Reef is Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland, 40 km (25 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Fanad Head Reef is St Angelo (Enniskillen) Airport (ENK) in England, 98 km (61 miles) away.

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Fanad Head Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 16 May 2021, 22:43 Local Time
SunMonday 17
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 11 11 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
NNW 15
NW 15
WNW 15
Wind State on on cross-

Swell History at Fanad Head Reef

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

Wind History at Fanad Head Reef

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

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