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Strandhill Surf Guide

Strandhill in Sligo is an exposed beach/sandbar break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the west northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights Best around high tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks in the line up.

Strandhill Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
8.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Strandhill:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

aprilBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Strandhill with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 40% of the time in April while 55% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 5% 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 Strandhill 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 Strandhill is Sligo Airport (SXL) in Ireland, 1 km (1 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Strandhill is Connaught Airport (NOC), also in Ireland, 42 km (26 miles) away.

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Strandhill Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 2 February 2023, 10:36 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 11 12 12
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Swell History at Strandhill

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

Wind History at Strandhill

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

Strandhill Reviews:

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Based on 8 votes.
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Dave hedgehog from Ireland
“Great place for learners but it has been monopolised by the surf schools, each school puts flags up which are markers for the surf schools and are set out. There can be 4 to 5 schools out at one time and are placed in the safest and best parts of the beach, one school operates 2 schools at a time. This can mean that the only place left to surf is in the dangerous parts or areas with no waves. Some. Of the instructors can be (one in particular) aggressive when you surf anywhere near the areas they have designated as there own and I have felt threatened by glaring looks and requests to move away, I am a complete advocate of the schools but there is no room for those that want to progress surfing at this beach. It has become a commercial enterprise with no apparent policies for surf schools on a public beach. The ocean and the beach should be a shared space and provision for all made through consultation with Sligo county Council and the surf schools.”

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