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The Bar Surf Guide

The Bar in Sligo is a fairly exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the southeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around high tide. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Take care of rocks in the line up.

The Bar Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s43.5
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
11.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Bar:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Bar 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 The Bar (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Bar 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 35% of the time in February while 57% 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
35%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
57%
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 The Bar Location Map

Interactive The Bar 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 The Bar is Sligo Airport (SXL) in Ireland, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Bar is Connaught Airport (NOC), also in Ireland, 41 km (25 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
The Bar Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 4 December 2021, 23:27 Local Time
SatSunday 05
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m)
4.5
WNW
4.5
WNW
4
WNW
3.5
WNW
Period (s) 13 13 13 13
Wind (km/h)
40
40
30
30
Wind State on on cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at The Bar

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

Wind History at The Bar

Wind stats for The Bar, 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 The Bar. Click below to view there surf guides.


Wave Buoys Nearest To The Bar: