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Gills Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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Gills Bay Surf Guide

Gills Bay on the North Coast is a reasonably exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Surfable at all stages of the tide. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Gills Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
6.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Gills Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Gills Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 50% of the time in December while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 14% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
50%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
36%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
14%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Gills Bay Location Map

Interactive Gills 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 Gills Bay is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 21 km (13 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Gills Bay is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 38 km (24 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.
Gills Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 19:18 Local Time
Saturday 10Sun
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.9
NW
0.9
NW
0.5
NNW
0.6
NNW
Period (s) 9 9 12 11
Wind (km/h) 25
NNW 20
NNW 20
NW 20
NNW
Wind State cross cross cross cross

Swell History at Gills Bay

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

Wind History at Gills Bay

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

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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Wave Buoys Nearest To Gills Bay:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.