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Fort Walton Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 4.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 3.7

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Fort Walton Beach break guidePhoto by: Jeff

Fort Walton Beach Surf Guide

Fort Walton Beach in Florida is an exposed beach/Jetty break that has consistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the north. Usually gets local windswells, but groundswells do happen and the ideal wave direction is from the south southeast. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Hazards include rips and sharks.

Fort Walton Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeach/jettyIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
17.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Fort Walton Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Fort Walton Beach occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Fort Walton Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 14% of the time in February while 34% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 52% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
14%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
34%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
52%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Fort Walton Beach Location Map

Interactive Fort Walton Beach 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 Fort Walton Beach is Eglin Afb (Valparaiso) Airport (VPS) in Usa (florida, 11 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Fort Walton Beach is Hurlburt Fld (Mary Esther) Airport (HRT) in USA, 18 km (11 miles) away.

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Fort Walton Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 01:33 Local Time
Wednesday 20
3AM6AM9AM12PM
Wave (m) -
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0.1
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0.1
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Period (s) - 1 - 8
Wind (km/h) 5
NW 10
NW 15
N 10
NNW
Wind State cross-
off
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off

Swell History at Fort Walton Beach

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

Wind History at Fort Walton Beach

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

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