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The Knap ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.5
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.1

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The Knap break guidePhoto by: Nick Russill

The Knap Surf Guide

The Knap in The Vale of Glamorgan is a very sheltered beach break. Autumn and winter are the optimum times of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the north northeast and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. Usually gets local windswells, but groundswells do happen and the ideal wave angle is from the southwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. Even when there are waves, it's not likley to be crowded. Water quality is rather poor here.

The Knap Spot Info

Type:Rating:
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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
rarely breaks
6.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Knap:

The best conditions reported for surf at The Knap occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Knap with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 0% of the time in January while 8% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 92% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
0%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
8%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
92%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore The Knap Location Map

Interactive The Knap 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 Knap is Cardiff Airport (CWL) in Wales, 3 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Knap is Bristol Airport (BRS) in England, 40 km (25 miles) away.

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The Knap Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 25 February 2021, 22:38 Local Time
ThuFriday 26
9PM0AM3AM6AM
Wave (m) 0.5
W
0.5
WSW
0.4
WSW
0.4
WSW
Period (s) 12 12 12 12
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 10
WNW 5
WNW 5
W
Wind State cross cross cross glass

What does The Knap look like?

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Swell History at The Knap

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Wind History at The Knap

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

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