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Rackwick ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.2

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Rackwick break guidePhoto by: Adam Jarman

Rackwick Surf Guide

Rackwick in Orkney is an exposed break. that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the northeast with some shelter here from southeast winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the west northwest.. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Rackwick Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  red-Icon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
6.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rackwick:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

juneBest Season: summer
The best time of year for surfing Rackwick with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Summer and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 20% of the time in June while 46% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 34% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
20%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
46%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
34%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Rackwick Location Map

Interactive Rackwick 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 Rackwick is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Rackwick is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 49 km (30 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.
Rackwick Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 25 February 2021, 20:07 Local Time
ThuFriday 26
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 3.5
W
3.0
W
3.0
W
2.5
W
Period (s) 13 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 40
W 30
W 35
WSW 35
WSW
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Rackwick

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

Wind History at Rackwick

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

    • Icon beach  red-
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    21km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    25km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    25km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    25km away
    • Icon point  redPoint/pier
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    27km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Rackwick: