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K38 and 39 break guidePhoto by: Grunion Head

K38 and 39 Surf Guide

K38and39 in Rhode Island is a fairly exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the northeast with some shelter here from northeast winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the south southeast. Primarily a left hand reef break, although a right is also possible.. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Beware of rocks, rips,jetskis.

K38 and 39 Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing K38 and 39:

The best conditions reported for surf at K38 and 39 occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf K38 and 39 (for consistent clean waves)?

septemberBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing K38 and 39 with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of September. Clean surfable waves are typically found 17% of the time in September while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 66% 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).

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Interactive K38 and 39 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 K38 and 39 is Theodore Francis Green State (Providence) Airport (PVD) in USA, 40 km (25 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to K38 and 39 is North Central State (Smithfield) Airport (SFZ), also in USA, 61 km (38 miles) away.

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K38 and 39 Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 June 2023, 00:20 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 6 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
cross cross

Swell History at K38 and 39

Surf stats for K38 and 39, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at K38 and 39

Wind stats for K38 and 39, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

K38 and 39 Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s33.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.5
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s54.5
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Cord Uroy from Tajikistan
“Was introduced to the K's while in grad school at URI; water was 40, air, 30, and light snow, but, from Pt. Judith village, perfect A-frames left and rights with 30 yd rides. Bottom is sharp barnacles and mussels and breaks cleanly from 1-6'. Seems to be a running close out as it bends toward Galilee? Water is perfectly clear and great for snorkeling when flat....drawback is every goddamn paizon goes there with Peter Pinocchio crowd to 'rip' it even when 9"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Secret: approx half mile directly south of the seawall is a mysto peak breaking from 10'
to???????? Think I was told it was old Navy garbage dump, but, better than the Ledge..”

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