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Wembury Surf Guide

Wembury in South Devon is an exposed point break that has unreliable waves. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the north. Windswells are much more common than groundswells and the ideal wave direction is from the southwest. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Overcrowding can even make surfing hazardous.

Wembury Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
9.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Wembury:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Wembury with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 21% of the time in February while 62% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 17% 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).

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Interactive Wembury 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 Wembury is Plymouth Airport (PLH) in England, 12 km (7 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Wembury is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY), also in England, 66 km (41 miles) away.

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Wembury Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 6 February 2023, 23:20 Local Time
MonTuesday 07
Wave (m)
Period (s) 17 16 16 16
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Wembury

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

Wind History at Wembury

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

Wembury Reviews:

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Based on 6 votes.
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  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s43.6
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s32.6
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s22.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s32.6
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Sue Carlyon from United Kingdom
“I live in Wembury and am disappointed to see some reports that are totally false.

[Editor writes...There is a serious misunderstanding here, but I include the review anyway as it has some very useful info. These notes below arise because the reviewer has mistaken our examples of what a score of 1 would mean with actual scores. The actual scores for Wembury have been high - for example in 3 reviews, scenery averages more than 4 out of 5. Nobody has claimed it is ugly and industrial. And the surf scores highly too. Sorry if our presentation was confusing - we'll look at clarifying it]

Scenery: ugly industrial backdrop - where? - just look at photos it is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Accommodation: no where to stay indoors - ok, no hotels but plenty of B&Bs and a camp-site just up the road. (1 mile from beach)

Entertainment: great local pub with frequent music gigs. If there is no surf, lie on your surf board and swim East of Wembury Beach, the are mini lagoons and sandy secluded coves just across the Yealm behind the rocks.

Crowds: depend when you go, if the sun is shining, sorry forget it but there probably wouldn't be any surf anyway. When it is windy and the surf is up, few crowds.

Eating: in the summer the is a cafe on the beach and also a smaller beach shop selling ice creams and hot or cold drinks. Pub up the road sells good, filling pub food at a reasonable price.

Shops: post office and Co-op both selling food.

Locals: friendliest people on earth. When we first moved to the village, the friendliness of total strangers was incredible.

Access: public transport not good but there is a bus service - check bus times as infrequent. National Trust Beach car park (£4.50), Church Car Park ((£2) or Cliff Road (free) with a short walk across the field past church to beach. Church Road (free) if you can get a space.

5 stars all round except perhaps surf at times - but this is the same everywhere. I kayak, not surf so there is plenty to do with or without the surf.

I hope this corrects some misconceptions about Wembury - and no! Is is not a village full of geriatrics. Even older people like me remain active. This is not mentioned in your reviews but is in others, especially Tweets.”

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