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Grim Ness ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Grim Ness Surf Guide

Grim Ness in Orkney is an exposed break. that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the south with some shelter here from southeast winds. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the northeast.. It very rarely gets crowded here.

Grim Ness Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  red-Icon  s43.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
6.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Grim Ness:

The best conditions reported for surf at Grim Ness occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

marchBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Grim Ness with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 9% of the time in March while 18% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 73% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
9%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
18%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
73%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Grim Ness Location Map

Interactive Grim Ness 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 Grim Ness is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 15 km (9 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Grim Ness is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 42 km (26 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
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.
Grim Ness Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 05:28 Local Time
Tuesday 13
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m) 0.9
NNE
0.8
NNE
0.8
N
0.7
NNE
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 20
NNW 20
NNW 20
NW 15
NW
Wind State cross cross cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Grim Ness

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

Wind History at Grim Ness

Wind stats for Grim Ness, 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 Grim Ness. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    26km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    27km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    28km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    28km away
    • Icon beach  red-
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    30km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Grim Ness:

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.