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Sandside Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Sandside Bay Surf Guide

Sandside Bay on the North Coast is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the south. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Watch out for rocks and pollution.

Sandside Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
7.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sandside Bay:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Sandside Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 43% of the time in February while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
43%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
47%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
10%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sandside Bay Location Map

Interactive Sandside 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 Sandside Bay is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 42 km (26 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sandside Bay is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 67 km (42 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Sandside Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 17:30 Local Time
Thursday 15Fri
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.4
N
0.4
N
0.6
W
0.6
W
Period (s) 9 8 6 7
Wind (km/h) 20
SE 20
SE 15
SSE 15
SSE
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
off

Swell History at Sandside Bay

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

Wind History at Sandside Bay

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

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    • Icon river  redRiver
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    10km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Sandside Bay: