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Ogmore-by-Sea break guidePhoto by: robmc

Ogmore-by-Sea Surf Guide

Ogmore-by-Sea in The Vale of Glamorgan is a fairly exposed river break but has quite inconsistent surf, summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the north through to east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. When it works the river break produces short left handers and longer rights. It's sometimes crowded here. Hazards include rips and pollution.

Ogmore-by-Sea Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
6.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ogmore-by-Sea:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ogmore-by-Sea occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Ogmore-by-Sea (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ogmore-by-Sea with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 1% of the time in February while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 76% 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 Ogmore-by-Sea Location Map

Interactive Ogmore-by-Sea 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 Ogmore-by-Sea is Cardiff Airport (CWL) in Wales, 22 km (14 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ogmore-by-Sea is Swansea Airport (SWS), also in Wales, 34 km (21 miles) away.

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Ogmore-by-Sea Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 January 2023, 21:46 Local Time
SunMonday 30
Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 12 5 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on cross-
cross cross-

Swell History at Ogmore-by-Sea

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

Wind History at Ogmore-by-Sea

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

Ogmore-by-Sea Reviews:

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Based on 4 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Q, VoG from United Kingdom
“There are several breaks at Ogmore each with their own character and work at different stages of the tide. The river mouth is definitely best at high tide and can produce long walls. Hollow waves can sometimes be found on spring tides when the waves break over a cobble bank that is sculpted by the river channel. Don't get too exited about this spot though because it doesn't work that often. It needs a big swell to get going and is always smaller than nearby Rest Bay. However, when the more exposed beaches are maxing out this place comes alive and it is always possible to paddle out in the river channel.

Words of warning, the Ogmore river is sometimes polluted by the sewage plant upstream. The water company of course claim that all the waste is treated but when it rains heavily their system can overload and untreated or partially treated gloop may be released. When it has been raining a lot, the trick is to catch the surf on an incoming high tide when the sea drives water upstream keeping the line-up turd free.

The waves can get crowded when word gets out of a good swell and it is best to leave the fast left in front of the car park to the locals when it is firing. At low tide, forget the river mouth (the beach profile is too gentle) and head to the far left beyond the car park where a long stretch of sand is exposed and sectioning lefts and rights can be found.

There is a great cafe in the village next to the post office and really good pub called the Pelican next to a small castle and the river.”

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