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West Strand

Swell Report

Station 62093 - M4 - Donegal Bay
Updated: Wed, 18 May 2011 14:27:19 UT

May 18, 2011 1400 UTC
Location: 55N 10W
Wind Direction: W (270°)
Wind Speed: 27.0 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.80 in (1009.2 mb)
Pressure Tendency: +0.04 in (+1.5 mb)
Air Temperature: 47.7°F (8.7°C)
Dew Point: 41.4°F (5.2°C)
Water Temperature: 52.5°F (11.4°C)

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Name: Portrush-West Strand

Type: beach

Reliability: consistent

Best Swell: NW Offshore Wind: SE


Portrush-West Strand in Antrim is an exposed beach break that has consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Offshore winds blow from the southeast with some shelter here from east winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the northwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Often Crowded.


A variety of left and right peaks on this beachbreak. Consistent, liking a pushing mid tide to really get going. Watch out for the sharks (only kidding!) - but note the rocks at the far end of the bay. Being a premier resort on the North Coast, it gets easily crowded particularly in summer. Something for everyone here.


Type: beachbreak

Quality: standard

Peals: peaks

Power: fun

Experience: beginners - expert

Tides: mid - high

Swell size: 3ft +

Swell direction: NW, N

Wind: S, SW

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