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Rest Bay break guidePhoto by: peter

Rest Bay Surf Guide

Rest Bay in Glamorgan is a quite exposed beach and point break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the east. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's often crowded here. Take care of rips,crowds,rocks and pollution.

Rest Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Rest Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Rest Bay 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 Rest Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Rest Bay 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 4% of the time in February while 43% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 53% 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 Rest Bay Location Map

Interactive Rest 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 Rest Bay is Cardiff Airport (CWL) in Wales, 28 km (17 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Rest Bay is Swansea Airport (SWS), also in Wales, 28 km (17 miles) away.

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Rest Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 08:06 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 5 5 3 4
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Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Rest Bay

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

Wind History at Rest Bay

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

Rest Bay Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Q, VoG from United Kingdom
“Rest Bay is a scenic spot with quite consistent surf, certainly for the region anyway. The waves are usually a bit bigger than the breaks further east in the Vale of Glamorgan (apart from one or two secret spots). The beach is the best break for all abilities in a town of 14,000 population so there tends to be a crowd whenever there is a wave. For a quiet surf go when most are in work or school if you can. The vibe is friendly even if it is busy but at high tide there is little beach left and exit points are few so there is more pressure on the take off spots.

The waves can be very good here but are far from world class. It gets well over head on occasion maxing at about 1.5x but that is quite rare when it is offshore as well. You'll be surprised how thin the crowd is when that happens. There are lefts and rights here in equal quantity and the waves generally pick up in size as the tide comes in. All the breaks from Rest Bay to the Vale of Glamorgan are significantly influenced by the huge tidal range and falling tides tend to dampen surf and even kill it in some instances. Definitely watch out for the rip that takes you around the rocky headland to the left of the beach on an incoming tide particularly.

Being a seaside town there are lots of pubs and cafes around with a friendly one at the car park. Watch out for redneck council workers checking for Pay and Display tickets even in the depths of winter.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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