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Sandy Bay Surf Guide

Sandy Bay in County Kerry is a sheltered beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the north northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up.

Sandy Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beach  redBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sandy Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sandy Bay occur when a North-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Sandy 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 32% of the time in January while 16% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 52% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
32%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
16%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
52%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sandy Bay Location Map

Interactive Sandy 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 Sandy Bay is Kerry Airport (KIR) in Ireland, 36 km (22 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sandy Bay is Shannon Airport (SNN), also in Ireland, 86 km (53 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Sandy Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 4 July 2022, 13:50 Local Time
Monday 04Tue
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m)
1.7
NW
1.7
NW
1.5
NW
1.4
NW
Period (s) 9 9 9 9
Wind (km/h)
25
15
15
15
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
off off

Swell History at Sandy Bay

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

Wind History at Sandy Bay

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

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: very consistent
    3km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Sandy Bay: