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St Finan's Bay Surf Guide

St Finnan's Bay in County Kerry is an exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the northeast with some shelter here from north winds. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around low tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Take care to avoid the rocks.

St Finan's Bay Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
9.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing St Finan's Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at St Finan's Bay 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 St Finan's Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing St Finan's Bay with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 21% of the time in May while 45% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 34% 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).

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Interactive St Finan's 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 St Finan's Bay is Kerry Airport (KIR) in Ireland, 68 km (42 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to St Finan's Bay is Cork Airport (ORK), also in Ireland, 127 km (79 miles) away.

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St Finan's Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 January 2023, 21:59 Local Time
SunMonday 30
Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 14 13 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at St Finan's Bay

Surf stats for St Finan's Bay, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at St Finan's Bay

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

St Finan's Bay Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Rob Davies from New Zealand
“Saint Finan's Bay is a wonderful little beach where the Kerry mountains fade into the Atlantic Ocean. At high tide, the sand here is almost entirely covered by the sea but at low tide a fair sized beach is uncovered. Quite popular in summer, but always friendly. Crystal clear water and the magnificent profile of the Skellig Islands between waves. Scenic Ireland at its very best.

In terms of wind, waves and weather St. Finan's is an exceptionally exposed location, open to the full force of a SW gale when the surf must get immense, but also offering a wave in West or even big wrapping NW, as well as occasional south swells from Biscay lows. Also, it is located so far west that like Coomenoole, it must even be exposed to south Atlantic swells in the Irish summer, at about the 20-30cm height and 20 second or longer periods.

This all goes to make this little beach very consistent in terms of surf, but very prone to being blown out and extremely prone to being cloudy and wet. A good spot to head in summer when all else if flat but in all probability, in winter it will more often be too big than too small.

In the prevailing west swell conditions, expect two or three foot here when Ballinskelligs and Derrynane are just an unsurfable foot (which is why the local surf schools tend to come here in summer). Peaky lefts and especially rights are the specialty. Best at mid tide. It can be very good up to head high in light/offshore N or NE winds.

It would be interesting to know how much swell it can handle before it closes out.”

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