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Sker Surf Guide

Sker in The Vale of Glamorgan is a fairly exposed beach and point break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the east. Clean groundswells prevail and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Beware of crowds / jellyfish.

Sker Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
17.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Sker:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sker occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Sker with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 22% of the time in February while 63% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 15% 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 Sker Location Map

Interactive Sker 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 Sker is Swansea Airport (SWS) in Wales, 25 km (16 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Sker is Cardiff Airport (CWL), also in Wales, 30 km (19 miles) away.

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Sker Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 6 July 2022, 08:33 Local Time
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Period (s) 5 5 3 4
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Swell History at Sker

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

Wind History at Sker

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

Sker Reviews:

Interactive Porthcawl Point location map. View nearby buoy information, live wind conditions and surrounding roads, paths and locations to help find new breaks. Click the buoys or wind icon to view more information.

Based on 7 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Q, VoG from United Kingdom
“Sker is at the end of a 20minute long hack on foot across Kenfig bird reserve or an equally long walk along the coastal path from Rest Bay (heading west). The waves can make it worthwhile as it packs a little more punch than Rest Bay on account of its hollower shape and distinct sections, caused by the more irregular beach contours. I have been here frequently and seen wave shapes varying from short lived makeable barrels to fat characterless lines. A classic surf is not guaranteed particularly given Sker's significant exposure to winds, but it can be a class act on occasion. The backdrop comprises low lying dunes so chose your visits carefully because its a long walk if the winds are wrong.

At higher tides the break is sheltered from southerly chop by a long low rocky point, but alas not from the wind itself so the peak can still get blown out easily. Rising tides are always best and aim for mid to high ideally. Crowds are relatively light due to the long walk but don't expect empty peaks unless it is deep winter and/or the middle of a work day. Having said that there is a huge stretch of beach heading west of the point so as long as you don't mind walking away from the best peaks and towards an ugly steel works you can surf alone.

The local Prince of Wales pub found on the Kenfig route is an old haunt of the famous dude Howard Marks. The Rest Bay coastal route offers more options for food and drink and much less chance of a car break in.”

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