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Kennington Cove Surf Guide

Kennington Cove in Cape Breton Island is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the north northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the east. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Surfing here means negotiating dangerous rips.

Kennington Cove Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
2.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Kennington Cove:

The best conditions reported for surf at Kennington Cove occur when a East swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Kennington Cove with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 15% of the time in April while 19% 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 Kennington Cove 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 nearest passenger airport to Kennington Cove is Sydney Airport (YQY) in Canada, which is 32 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Kennington Cove is Iles De La Madeleine Airport (YGR), also in Canada, 217 km (135 miles) away.

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Kennington Cove Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 28 January 2023, 12:06 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 9 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on on on cross-

Swell History at Kennington Cove

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

Wind History at Kennington Cove

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

Kennington Cove Reviews:

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Johnny Rocker from Canada
“Kennington Cove is a sick Surf spot.

Very consistent surf, it is a short wave but it stands up tall and is pretty strong. Very underestimated zone.

Average 4-6 foot waves, but they can be 10 plus.
The place is closed in fall until spring but local surfers are trying to get a key for the gate.

There are two beaches there, and crazy epic scenery.

Kennington Cove is Home;

Surf Cape Breton”

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