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Inchydoney break guidePhoto by: Jorg

Inchydoney Surf Guide

Inchydoney in County Cork is a sheltered river break that only works once in a while with no particular seasonal pattern. The best wind direction is from the north. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the southwest. The river break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Inchydoney Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.6°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Inchydoney:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Inchydoney 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 4% of the time in January while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 56% 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).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Inchydoney Location Map

Interactive Inchydoney 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 Inchydoney is Cork Airport (ORK) in Ireland, 38 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Inchydoney is Kerry Airport (KIR), also in Ireland, 79 km (49 miles) away.

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Inchydoney Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 9 June 2023, 23:17 Local Time
FriSaturday 10
Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 9 11 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Inchydoney

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

Wind History at Inchydoney

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

Inchydoney Reviews:

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Based on 9 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.5
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.9
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s22.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s33.3
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Caoimhe from Ireland
“Fantastic beach with great surf and spectacular skies. Perfect for a winter walk or summer dip in the sea. Fab place”

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