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Preston Beach Surf Guide

Preston Beach in South Devon is an exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the west northwest. The short fetch makes for windswells rather than groundswells and the ideal wave angle is from the east. Waves at the beach break both left and right. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Beware of - Rips / undertow.

Preston Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s22.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
17.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Preston Beach:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Preston Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 1% of the time in June while 12% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 87% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
1%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
12%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
87%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Preston Beach Location Map

Interactive Preston Beach 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 Preston Beach is Exeter Airport (EXT) in England, 34 km (21 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Preston Beach is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 39 km (24 miles) away.

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Preston Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 4 October 2022, 20:52 Local Time
TueWednesday 05
10PM1AM4AM7AM
Wave (m)
Period (s) - - - -
Wind (km/h)
35
35
40
45
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross cross-
off

Swell History at Preston Beach

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

Wind History at Preston Beach

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

    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    12km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    19km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    30km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    30km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Preston Beach: