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Hayle Surf Guide

Hayle in North Cornwall is a sheltered river break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the south. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west northwest. Waves at the river break both left and right. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Hayle Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Hayle:

The best conditions reported for surf at Hayle occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Hayle 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 27% of the time in December while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 37% 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 Hayle Location Map

Interactive Hayle 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 Hayle is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Hayle is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 98 km (61 miles) away.

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Hayle Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 29 May 2023, 16:24 Local Time
Monday 29Tue
Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 5 5 5
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross cross cross-

Swell History at Hayle

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

Wind History at Hayle

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

Hayle Reviews:

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Based on 4 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.8
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s43.5
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.2
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s32.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Brad from United Kingdom
“Good long beach, most of the time good waves. Started surfing there my first ever time. Always enjoy it there :) GOOD BEACH FOR SURFING!,,,”

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