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Ringstead Bay Surf Guide

Ringstead Bay in South Coast of England is a reasonably exposed reef break that only works once in a while. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the south southwest. There is no reef break. Best around high tide. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Ringstead Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
12.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Ringstead Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Ringstead Bay occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Ringstead 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 1% of the time in January while 32% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 67% 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).

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Interactive Ringstead 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 Ringstead Bay is Bournemouth Airport (BOH) in England, 39 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Ringstead Bay is Yeovilton Airport (YEO) in U.k., 47 km (29 miles) away.

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Ringstead Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 6 December 2022, 04:24 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 9 9 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at Ringstead Bay

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

Wind History at Ringstead Bay

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

Ringstead Bay Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Matt B from United Kingdom
“Worst attitude I have ever seen by a surfer! let me start by saying i have been surfing since I was 12 and although I am not originally from Dorset I have been living in Weymouth for nearly 30 years. I am originally from Cornwall and grew up surfing in Watergate, Harlyn, ETC. I am an ok surfer but I am never going to be a pro. I have never even bothered to try Ringstead before but the wind and sea looked promising so I went over. I decided to walk down to the beach to check and noticed a bloke coming from the beach with a board. I asked in a friendly tone, " whats the surf like buddy?", he replied " your not my buddy so go look for yourself" I was taken back a bit but I don't react that well to things like that so I confronted him, which I think surprised him! he said that he had surfed this break for 30 years and that it was people like me who were giving surfers a bad name. He ranted on about how poor he was and how rich I was, how my van was better than his,??
I have surfed all over the world and I have never come up against hostility like this! I was embarrassed by his attitude as there were so many holiday makers watching. Its ad really I surf because I love the sea and like talking to people. Anyway the surf is shite anyway, inconsistent, and no real power. It was developing a bit but there is a shallow reef which is rocky so if you are desperate for a surf just watch out for that. My advice don't bother, parking expensive and lots of d*heads around!!”

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