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The Bowl ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.2

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The Bowl Surf Guide

The Bowl on the North Coast is an exposed reef break that has quite consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the south. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. There is a right breaking reef. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for rocks and rips.

The Bowl Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Bowl:

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

februaryBest Season: autumn
The best time of year for surfing The Bowl 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 43% of the time in February while 47% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 10% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
43%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
47%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
10%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Bowl Location Map

Interactive The Bowl 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 Bowl is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 37 km (23 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Bowl is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 57 km (35 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.
The Bowl Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 20 June 2021, 07:29 Local Time
Sunday 20
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m) 0.7
W
0.7
W
0.7
W
0.6
W
Period (s) 9 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
20
10
5
20
Wind State cross-
off
off off cross-
on

Swell History at The Bowl

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

Wind History at The Bowl

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

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon pointPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    0km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s11.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    7km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.2
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To The Bowl: