Weekend Surf Report - 26th - 28th May

Report Date: Friday 26 May 2017

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Summary

Small west swell reaches exposed spots, mainly in southern areas

Best bet

Galicia

Synopsis at 00:00 UTC

Today’s chart shows a small cut-off low about 500 miles northwest of the Azores, a broad, flabby area of low pressure south of Iceland and a fairly weak high over the North Sea. On Saturday that cut-off low deepens briefly north of the Azores but then pressure gradients become generally weak again over the entire North Atlantic. The upper airstream is quite weak and shifted north, and local pressure gradients are moderate in places.
NAO index (large positive values usually mean potentially good surf): +10 mb

Area forecasts

Southwest Wales

Friday:
Small, fairly lined-up swell mixed, around two or three feet, with local windseas at south-facing spots generated by fresh to strong southeast winds

Saturday:
The swell weakens, staying below three feet practically everywhere, with choppy conditions in fresh southerly winds veering southwest later

Sunday:
Small, lumpy residual swell, struggling to reach two or three feet, with light northwest winds, veering north later

North Devon and Cornwall

Friday:
Small, good-quality swell, around three or four feet at exposed spots, with fresh to strong southeast winds

Saturday:
The small swell continues, averaging around three feet or so, with deteriorating wind conditions in fresh southwest then westerlies

Sunday:
The swell drops to below three feet practically everywhere, and winds change to moderate northerlies

South Coast of England

Friday:
A tiny long-period swell mixes with short-period easterly swell generated by fresh gusting strong east-southeast winds; wave heights up to about three feet

Saturday:
Some residual east swell, around two feet or so, with moderate southerly winds then fresh southwest later

Sunday:
Very small or flat in most places, with windless conditions or light southerlies

East coast of England

Friday:
Tiny north swell probably not exceeding two feet, mixed with some local windseas generated by moderate to fresh southeast winds

Saturday:
Winds increase to fresh or strong southeast and the short-period windseas increase to around three feet, barely surfable

Sunday:
Very small or flat in most places, with fresh westerly winds

North Coast of Scotland

Friday:
A small west swell might reach extreme westerly exposures, up to two or three feet, otherwise pretty flat, with fresh south-southeast winds

Saturday:
Very small or flat in most places, with moderate then fresh southeast winds

Sunday:
Winds change to fresh gusting strong west-northwest, generating some local windseas, up to two or three feet, not really surfable

Northwest Ireland

Friday:
Small west-southwest swell, up to about three feet at westerly exposures, smaller elsewhere, with fresh perhaps strong south-southeast winds

Saturday:
The swell drops to below three feet everywhere, and winds change to moderate gusting fresh easterlies

Sunday:
Winds pick up to fresh northwest for a while, generating some local windseas around two or three feet at exposed spots

Southwest Ireland

Friday:
Small, cleanish west-southwest swell, up to three or four feet at the most exposed spots, with light southerly winds gusting moderate at first

Saturday:
Winds pick up to strong westerlies, generating local windseas up to six feet or so and swamping any existing swell

Sunday:
Residual lumpy swell, around three feet or so, with a much more lined-up swell arriving from the west-southwest later, and light northerly winds

Southwest France

Friday:
Small, average to good quality swell, up to three feet or so around Hossegor, with windless conditions at first then moderate north or northwest

Saturday:
The swell picks up slightly hitting four feet or so at swell-magnets, with light northeast winds at first becoming moderate north later

Sunday:
Wave heights drop again to around three feet as the swell becomes peakier, with light variable winds most of the day

North coast of Spain – east of Gijón

Friday:
Small, cleanish swell, up to three feet or so at westerly exposures, smaller elsewhere, with light then moderate northerly winds, swinging northwest later

Saturday:
Wave heights pick up briefly but then drop below three feet practically everywhere by late afternoon, with light then moderate northeast winds

Sunday:
Continuing small, around two or three feet on average, with moderate southeast winds perhaps swinging northwest later

North coast of Spain – west of Gijón

Friday:
Small north and northwest swells mixed, around two or three feet on average, with windless conditions at first and light northerlies later

Saturday:
The swell briefly becomes a bit more solid from the west, but still struggles to exceed three feet practically everywhere, with light then moderate northeast winds

Sunday:
Wave heights drop to almost nothing in most places, with windless conditions then light north-northwest

Northwest Galicia

Friday:
Good-quality west swell, up to four feet or so at exposed spots, with light variable winds then light or moderate westerlies in the afternoon

Saturday:
The swell continues, around four feet or so at westerly exposures, with moderate to fresh northeast winds

Sunday:
Small at first but then a much longer period swell arrives from the west, up to four or five feet later at westerly exposures, but hampered by moderate westerly winds

Portugal – north of Lisbon

Friday:
Good-quality west swell, around five feet or so, with light northwest winds at first, increasing moderate or fresh later

Saturday:
The swell continues, around five feet or so, dropping slightly by late afternoon, with light northerly winds becoming moderate northwest later

Sunday:
Small at first but then a much longer period west swell arrives, perhaps hitting six feet at exposed spots by late afternoon, but with moderate northwest winds

Portugal – south of Lisbon

Friday:
Good-quality west-northwest swell, around four or five feet at exposed spots, with light northwest winds at first quickly increasing moderate then fresh

Saturday:
The swell drops gradually, around four feet or so, with light northwest winds at first becoming moderate to fresh westerlies later

Sunday:
The swell drops another notch, down to about three feet on average, but picking later, with light southwest then moderate westerly winds