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Tang Head ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 4.0

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Tang Head Surf Guide

Tang Head on the North Coast is an exposed reef break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds blow from the south. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the best swell direction is from the northwest. A right hand reef break. Best around mid tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Rocks are a hazard.

Tang Head Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s44.0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
6.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Tang Head:

The best conditions reported for surf at Tang Head occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the South.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing Tang Head with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Autumn and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 44% of the time in February while 48% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 8% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
44%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
48%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
8%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Tang Head Location Map

Interactive Tang Head 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 Tang Head is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 24 km (15 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Tang Head is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 39 km (24 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Tang Head Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 20:40 Local Time
Saturday 10Sun
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.9
NW
0.9
NW
0.5
NNW
0.6
NNW
Period (s) 9 9 12 11
Wind (km/h) 20
NNW 15
NNW 20
NNW 20
NNW
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Tang Head

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

Wind History at Tang Head

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Tang Head. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon point  redPoint/pier
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    9km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Tang Head:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.