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Salcombe Surf Guide

Salcombe in South Devon is a sheltered beach break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northwest with some shelter here from southwest winds. Windswells are much more typical than groudswells and the ideal wave direction is from the south.. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Salcombe Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s32.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
12.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Salcombe:

The best conditions reported for surf at Salcombe occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Salcombe 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 10% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 89% 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
10%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
89%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Salcombe Location Map

Interactive Salcombe 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 Salcombe is Plymouth Airport (PLH) in England, 33 km (20 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Salcombe is Exeter Airport (EXT), also in England, 64 km (40 miles) away.

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Salcombe Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 15:24 Local Time
Wednesday 25Thu
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m)
2.1
W
2.1
W
1.9
W
1.8
W
Period (s) 7 8 8 9
Wind (km/h)
35
35
30
25
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Salcombe

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

Wind History at Salcombe

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

    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    6km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: inconsistent
    8km away
    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    11km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Salcombe: