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Friars Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 2.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.3

Overall: 2.4

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Friars Bay Surf Guide

Friars Bay on the West Coast is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf. Winter and spring are the optimum times of year to visit. Offshore winds are from the southeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the north northwest. There are left and right breaking reefs. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for rocks,reef,urchins,jellyfish, and rips.

Friars Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s22.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
26.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Friars Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Friars Bay occur when a North-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Friars Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 17% of the time in February while 5% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 78% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
17%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
5%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
78%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Friars Bay Location Map

Interactive Friars 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 Friars Bay is Grand Case (St. Martin) Airport (SFG) in Antilles, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Friars Bay is Princess Juliana International (Philipsburg) Airport (SXM), also in Antilles, 7 km (4 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Friars Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 17 January 2021, 15:08 Local Time
Sunday 17Mon
5PM8PM11PM2AM
Wave (m) 0.1
N
0.1
N
0.1
N
0.1
N
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 30
ESE 25
E 30
E 35
ENE
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Friars Bay

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

Wind History at Friars Bay

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Friars Bay. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    6km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability:
    7km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    7km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: consistent
    7km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Friars Bay: