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Watergate Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.3
Difficulty Level: 2.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.5
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 3.7

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Watergate Bay Surf Guide

Watergate Bay in North Cornwall is a fairly exposed beach break that has reasonably consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the best swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. The quality of the surf isn't affected by the tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Watergate Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon  beachBeachIcon  s43.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
16.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Watergate Bay:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Watergate Bay 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 22% of the time in February while 62% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 16% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
22%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
62%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
16%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Watergate Bay 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 Watergate Bay is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 4 km (2 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Watergate Bay is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 67 km (42 miles) away.

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Watergate Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 18 September 2020, 23:20 Local Time
FriSaturday 19
10PM1AM4AM7AM
Wave (m) 0.7
W
1.0
W
1.2
W
1.3
W
Period (s) 20 19 18 18
Wind (km/h) 20
ENE 15
ENE 15
ENE 15
NE
Wind State cross-
off
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off
cross-
off
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Swell History at Watergate Bay

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Wind History at Watergate Bay

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

Watergate Bay Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 3 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.7
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.3
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s32.7
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s43.5
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.7
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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Q, VoG from United Kingdom
“A beautiful spot and relatively free of trashy tourists and localism due to the limited accommodation, few houses and small car park. The beach is km's long and any crowds that do build up tend to thin out towards the north of the beach even on a sunny summers day.

The waves vary with the tide depending on the setup of the banks, breaking left and right for rides up to about 50-100m. The wave character ranges over the whole spectrum from short intense hollow close outs (often at low tide) to long lazy rides, so patience helps. It can get quite big here up to 1.5x overhead and larger on occasion but it can also be a killer paddle out (sometimes unmakeable), particularly if there are two swells running.

A Jamie Oliver restaurant has opened on the beach front but the beach cafe below has more cred and is a lot cheaper of course. The Phoenix pub next to the car park is a class act, really friendly with good vibes. A good camp site is a short walk inland.”

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