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Woolacombe ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.5
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 2.3
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.9

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Woolacombe break guidePhoto by: Duncan

Woolacombe Surf Guide

Woolacombe in North Devon is a quite exposed beach and reef break that has pretty consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Ideal winds are from the east. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights and there is a right hand reef break as well.. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded. Overcrowding can even make surfing hazardous.

Woolacombe Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and reefIcon  s43.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
10.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Woolacombe:

The best conditions reported for surf at Woolacombe occur when a West-northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

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

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Woolacombe 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 12% of the time in February while 61% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 27% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
12%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
61%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
27%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Woolacombe Location Map

Interactive Woolacombe 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 Woolacombe is Swansea Airport (SWS) in Wales, 49 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Woolacombe is Cardiff Airport (CWL), also in Wales, 65 km (40 miles) away.

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Woolacombe Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 9 May 2021, 21:18 Local Time
SunMonday 10
10PM1AM4AM7AM
Wave (m) 2.5
WSW
2.3
WSW
2.2
WSW
2.1
WSW
Period (s) 12 12 12 11
Wind (km/h) 30
S 30
SSW 35
SSW 35
SSW
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Swell History at Woolacombe

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

Wind History at Woolacombe

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

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