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Southerndown break guidePhoto by: Nick Russill

Southerndown Surf Guide

Southerndown in The Vale of Glamorgan is a fairly exposed beach break that has pretty consitent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Rocks are a hazard.

Southerndown Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
8.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Southerndown:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Southerndown with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in February while 43% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 53% 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 Southerndown Location Map

Interactive Southerndown 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 Southerndown is Cardiff Airport (CWL) in Wales, 21 km (13 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Southerndown is Swansea Airport (SWS), also in Wales, 35 km (22 miles) away.

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Southerndown Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 17 January 2022, 17:03 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Southerndown

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

Wind History at Southerndown

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

Southerndown Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Q, VoG from United Kingdom
“Southerndown is a fairly consistent beach break with some low lying reef to the right of the car park. There is a rip around the point to the far left. Surf can be great when it is 3ft to overhead and winds are from the NNW to ESE, given some shelter from the backing cliffs. The tide needs to be on the push and is usually best from mid-tide upwards BUT watch out for a sketchy exit at high tide when the waves can thump into the steep storm bank. This is less of a problem on neap tides but springs are a different matter. Wave shape is strongly dependent on sand movements that vary through the year and dramatically affect the beach profile. Sometimes the waves can back off frustratingly then half an hour later as the tide moves they can steepen and even become quite hollow on occasion.

The wave is nearly always 1-2ft smaller than the indicator beach at Llangennith (Gower) due to the swell dragging on the sea bed in the shallow Bristol Channel. This is more noticeable for long period swells (>11s). The beach can often get crowded particularly in summer and autumn but winter days are much quieter when surf is often at its best.”

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