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Goulien break guidePhoto by: Nick Russill

Goulien Surf Guide

Goulien in Brittany is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Rarely crowded here. Dangerous rips are a hazard of surfing here.

Goulien Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Goulien:

The best conditions reported for surf at Goulien occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Goulien with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 32% of the time in March while 65% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 3% 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 Goulien Location Map

Interactive Goulien 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 Goulien is Guipavas (Brest) Airport (BES) in France, 24 km (15 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Goulien is Pluguffan (Quimper) Airport (UIP), also in France, 41 km (25 miles) away.

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Goulien Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 25 September 2022, 22:04 Local Time
SunMonday 26
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Goulien

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

Wind History at Goulien

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

Goulien Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Q, VoG from United Kingdom
“Goulien is a great spot for beginners in the summer and a sheltered spot for big surf days in the winter. The beach is set back far within a huge bay offering great protection when the winds are from the south, blowing out other nearby spots. There is lack of notable banks and the sand profile is quite gentle so the waves tend to rise slowly and can require a lot of paddling to catch when they get big and fat. Long rides are possible but they are not very exciting. The main selling point of Goulien is the shelter it offers particularly when you consider the opposite side of the bay at Kerloch provides shelter from north winds so most directions are covered.

Parking is right next to the beach but it is limited so avoid arriving late at peak times in August.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
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    Reliability: consistent
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