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Harlech ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.0

Overall: 2.6

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Harlech Surf Guide

Harlech in Mid Wales is a fairly exposed beach break that does not work very often. Summer in particular tends to be flat. Offshore winds blow from the east. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Harlech Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s32.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
8.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Harlech:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Harlech with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 2% of the time in January while 41% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 57% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
2%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
41%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
57%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Harlech Location Map

Interactive Harlech 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 Harlech is Hawarden Airport (CEG) in England, 85 km (53 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Harlech is Liverpool Airport (LPL), also in England, 101 km (63 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.
Harlech Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 06:11 Local Time
Tuesday 13
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m) 0.1
SW
0.1
W
0.1
W
0.1
W
Period (s) 4 14 14 15
Wind (km/h) 5
ESE 5
ESE 5
SSW 5
WSW
Wind State cross-
off
off cross cross-
on

Swell History at Harlech

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

Wind History at Harlech

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

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    9km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    14km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s32.9
    Reliability: inconsistent
    19km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    26km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Harlech:

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.