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Killard Surf Guide

Killard in County Clare is a sheltered beach break that is often working, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. It very rarely gets crowded here.

Killard Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
15.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Killard:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Killard 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 47% of the time in January while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 36% 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 Killard Location Map

Interactive Killard 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 Killard is Shannon Airport (SNN) in Ireland, 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Killard is Kerry Airport (KIR), also in Ireland, 63 km (39 miles) away.

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Killard Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 17:43 Local Time
Wednesday 06Thu
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 8 8 9
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Killard

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

Wind History at Killard

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

Killard Reviews:

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Based on 2 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s11.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s11.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Ben Quinn from Ireland
“Killard is a beautiful hidden beach which has some repute for being an alternate when other spots are too big, too crowded, or both. Since the Feb 2014 storms Doughmore cannot take a moderate swell that good (except on the turf bank) so I was hoping to try out warned! the reports and predictions for this spot are consistently inaccurate and if it says 3 stars, 1.4m offshore, it will be it has been on the last 3 occasions I read it would be good. Get local knowledge..It works well on medium tide to high, on a northerly swell which must be over 2m to have any effect. W Clare has a lot of aggressive angry dumpy breaks, and Killard is a lovely alternate, but the reports need to be improved dramatically. On the other hand castle reports are good, Doughmore is almost always bigger than reported here since the change in beach structure..and Lahinch reports are spot on.Be careful, many of the breaks are board-breakers!

[Editor writes: Thanks. I will update. Even so, people make the mistake of thinking we predict the size of breaking waves at the coast. We don't. We just show the size of nearby open water swell. You may need some local knowledge to figure out how different swells (size, angle, period) wind, and tide translate to waves at sheltered spots like Killard. Star rating is only really reliable at places fully open to prevailing swell]”

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