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Swanage Surf Guide

Swanage on the South Coast is a very sheltered beach break. Winter is the favoured time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the west. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around low tide. Sometimes crowded. Submerged rocks are a hazard.

Swanage Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
13.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Swanage:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Swanage with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 6% of the time in December while 0% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 94% 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 Swanage Location Map

Interactive Swanage 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 Swanage is Bournemouth Airport (BOH) in England, 20 km (12 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Swanage is Southampton Airport (SOU), also in England, 56 km (35 miles) away.

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Swanage Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Wednesday, 30 November 2022, 08:21 Local Time
Wednesday 30
Wave (m)
Period (s) 22 21 20 19
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on cross-
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Swell History at Swanage

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

Wind History at Swanage

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

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