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Red Strand (Dirk Bay) Surf Guide

Red Strand(Dirk Bay) in County Cork is a sheltered reef break that has reasonably consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the north. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. Both left and right reef breaks. Best around high tide. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Red Strand (Dirk Bay) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Red Strand (Dirk Bay):

The best conditions reported for surf at Red Strand (Dirk Bay) occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Red Strand (Dirk Bay) (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Red Strand (Dirk Bay) 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 4% of the time in January while 40% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 56% 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 Red Strand (Dirk Bay) Location Map

Interactive Red Strand (Dirk Bay) 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 Red Strand (Dirk Bay) is Cork Airport (ORK) in Ireland, 45 km (28 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Red Strand (Dirk Bay) is Kerry Airport (KIR), also in Ireland, 81 km (50 miles) away.

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Red Strand (Dirk Bay) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 28 May 2022, 16:57 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 18 15 16 16
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Red Strand (Dirk Bay)

Surf stats for Red Strand (Dirk Bay), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Red Strand (Dirk Bay)

Wind stats for Red Strand (Dirk Bay), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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