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 Ballymastocker

Ireland, North West

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Easily found at the foot of Knockalla mountain at the end of Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad Head / Lough Swilly

English (Translate this text in English): Easily found at the foot of Knockalla mountain at the end of Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad Head / Lough Swilly

English (Translate this text in English): Easily found at the foot of Knockalla mountain at the end of Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad Head / Lough Swilly

English (Translate this text in English): Easily found at the foot of Knockalla mountain at the end of Ballymastocker Bay, Fanad Head / Lough Swilly

DistanceWeek-end trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Knockalla

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

Type

Direction

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast

Good wind directionWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

It needs a good swell in the north of Ireland to send waves funnelling down Lough Swilly. The headland catches this swell at the end of Ballymastoker and produces good beach break and frequent offshore winds.
Watch out for the rip along the rocks at mid tide. But the best peak is often off the rocks at high tide.

English (Translate this text in English): It needs a good swell in the north of Ireland to send waves funnelling down Lough Swilly. The headland catches this swell at the end of Ballymastoker and produces good beach break and frequent offshore winds.<br />Watch out for the rip along the rocks at mid tide. But the best peak is often off the rocks at high tide.

English (Translate this text in English): It needs a good swell in the north of Ireland to send waves funnelling down Lough Swilly. The headland catches this swell at the end of Ballymastoker and produces good beach break and frequent offshore winds.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Watch out for the rip along the rocks at mid tide. But the best peak is often off the rocks at high tide.

English (Translate this text in English): It needs a good swell in the north of Ireland to send waves funnelling down Lough Swilly. The headland catches this swell at the end of Ballymastoker and produces good beach break and frequent offshore winds.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Watch out for the rip along the rocks at mid tide. But the best peak is often off the rocks at high tide.

Atmosphere

A nice wave, rarely huge, but often in the 2-3ft range and always deserted. Still more of a winter break, and summer is good for kids and longboards.

English (Translate this text in English): A nice wave, rarely huge, but often in the 2-3ft range and always deserted. Still more of a winter break, and summer is good for kids and longboards.

English (Translate this text in English): A nice wave, rarely huge, but often in the 2-3ft range and always deserted. Still more of a winter break, and summer is good for kids and longboards.

English (Translate this text in English): A nice wave, rarely huge, but often in the 2-3ft range and always deserted. Still more of a winter break, and summer is good for kids and longboards.

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By ruth , 13-09-2007

who's that red head - who's that cute red head guy who rips here! he goes really deep!!!

By Anonymous , 27-08-2007

Wave becoming localised - This spot is now heavily localised , big argument in the water last week when some guys from Dublin started dropping in on the locals. If you can't repect the locals don't surf this break.

By Anonymous , 17-06-2007

very poor waves - been hanging around knockalla for a few months now and its closes out most of the time and the quaility of the wave is pure crap its a petty though it was better and as for fanad beach its real shit ,very weak

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