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Thurso Reef ratings
Quality on a good day: 5.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.5

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Thurso Reef Surf Guide

Thurso Reef on the North Coast is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the south southwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. There is no beach break and in addition there are both left and right reef breaks.. Sometimes crowded. Hazards include rocks and pollution.

Thurso Reef Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
7.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Thurso Reef:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Thurso Reef 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.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Thurso Reef Location Map

Interactive Thurso Reef 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 Thurso Reef is Wick Airport (WIC) in U.k., 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Thurso Reef is Kirkwall Airport (KOI) in Scotland, 53 km (33 miles) away.

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Thurso Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 6 March 2021, 10:41 Local Time
Saturday 06
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 9 8 17 17
Wind (km/h) 20
WSW 15
WSW 15
W 15
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Thurso Reef

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

Wind History at Thurso Reef

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

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