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Paignton Surf Guide

Paignton in South Devon is a sheltered beach break that only works when conditions are just right. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Ideal winds are from the west. Usually gets local windswells, but groundswells do happen and the best wave direction is from the south southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around high tide.

Paignton Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
17.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Paignton:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Paignton 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 0% of the time in January while 4% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 96% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
0%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
4%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
96%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Paignton Location Map

Interactive Paignton 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 Paignton is Exeter Airport (EXT) in England, 35 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Paignton is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 39 km (24 miles) away.

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Paignton Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 7 October 2022, 20:20 Local Time
FriSaturday 08
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Wave (m)
Period (s) - - - -
Wind (km/h)
20
15
15
10
Wind State off cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Paignton

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

Wind History at Paignton

Wind stats for Paignton, 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 Paignton. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    13km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    20km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    29km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: inconsistent
    29km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Paignton: