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Five Finger Strand Surf Guide

Five Finger Strand in Donegal is an exposed beach break that is often working, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the east southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Crowds are never a problem here.

Five Finger Strand Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
9.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Five Finger Strand:

The best conditions reported for surf at Five Finger Strand occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Five Finger Strand with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 30% of the time in April while 57% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 13% 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 Five Finger Strand Location Map

Interactive Five Finger Strand 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 Five Finger Strand is Londonderry Eglinton Airport (LDY) in North Ireland, 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Five Finger Strand is Islay Airport (ILY) in U.k, 79 km (49 miles) away.

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Five Finger Strand Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 03:55 Local Time
Wednesday 12
Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 10 10 9 9
Wind (km/h) 10
E 5
SW 0
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Swell History at Five Finger Strand

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

Wind History at Five Finger Strand

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

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