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Islares break guidePhoto by: Nick Brick

Islares Surf Guide

Islares in Spain - Cantabria is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the south. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks favour rights. Best around mid tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Watch out for rocks, current.

Islares Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Islares:

The best conditions reported for surf at Islares occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Islares 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 34% of the time in December while 36% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 30% 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 Islares Location Map

Interactive Islares 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 Islares is Bilbao Airport (BIO) in Spain, 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Islares is Santander Airport (SDR), also in Spain, 41 km (25 miles) away.

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Islares Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 8 February 2023, 09:18 Local Time
Wednesday 08
Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 14 15 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
cross cross

Swell History at Islares

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

Wind History at Islares

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

Islares Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Borja from Spain
“Spot que para funcionar necesita que entre al menos 1'5m de mar de fondo. Solo funciona en baja. Buenas derechas con recorrido.

En Invierno no suele haber mucha gente y no es conflictivo si vas con respeto.”

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