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The Pole ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 2.8

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The Pole Surf Guide

The Pole on the North Coast is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Offshore winds are from the south southwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. There is no beach break and a left hand reef break too.. Best around mid tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for rocks.

The Pole Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s32.8
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
6.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing The Pole:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing The Pole 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 52% of the time in February while 40% 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
52%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
40%
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 Pole Location Map

Interactive The Pole 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 Pole is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 24 km (15 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to The Pole is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 49 km (30 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 Pole Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 26 February 2021, 16:02 Local Time
Friday 26Sat
3PM6PM9PM0AM
Wave (m) 2.1
W
2.1
W
2.3
W
2.4
W
Period (s) 11 10 10 13
Wind (km/h) 15
SSW 15
SSW 15
S 25
S
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at The Pole

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

Wind History at The Pole

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

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and reef
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon point  redPoint/pier
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To The Pole: