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Lahinch Strand break guidePhoto by: Brendan (Kilkenny)

Lahinch Strand Surf Guide

Lahinch in County Clare is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the east with some shelter here from north winds. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded. Hazards include rocks / rips.

Lahinch Strand Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
8.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Lahinch Strand:

The best conditions reported for surf at Lahinch Strand occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Lahinch Strand 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 32% of the time in April while 63% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% 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 Lahinch Strand Location Map

Interactive Lahinch Strand 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 Lahinch Strand is Shannon Airport (SNN) in Ireland, 38 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Lahinch Strand is Galway Airport (GWY), also in Ireland, 50 km (31 miles) away.

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Lahinch Strand Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 2 February 2023, 23:36 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
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Swell History at Lahinch Strand

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

Wind History at Lahinch Strand

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

Lahinch Strand Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jim from Ireland
“I would suggest you look at the Ordnance Survey map (number 57). You will see Liscannor beach (not surfable) faces South, LeHinch(or La Hinch) beach faces South West and the cliffs below La Hinch face west. The large-scale map of Ireland erroneously indicates La Hinch beach faces West.

[editor replies: Jim. I stand corrected. It's odd that so many maps have it wrong, but satellite images confirm sheet 57 has it right and your description is accurate. We will revise our content accordingly.]”

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