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Melvich ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Melvich break guidePhoto by: Rob Davies

Melvich Surf Guide

Melvich on the North Coast is an exposed river break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the south. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. The river break offers both left and right hand waves. Watch out for rocks.

Melvich Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon river  redRiverIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
7.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Melvich:

The best conditions reported for surf at Melvich 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 Melvich (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Melvich with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 43% of the time in February while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
43%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
47%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
10%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Melvich Location Map

Interactive Melvich 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 Melvich is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 49 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Melvich is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 73 km (45 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Melvich Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 15:57 Local Time
Wednesday 14Thu
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.9
N
0.8
N
0.8
N
0.7
N
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
NW 10
NW 5
SSE 10
SSE
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
glass off

Swell History at Melvich

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

Wind History at Melvich

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Melvich. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    16km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    17km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Melvich: