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The map above shows up-to-date bodysurfing conditions for approximately 900 beaches around the world. Zoom in to select good bodysurfing areas, then compare nearby beaches (full 5 day forecasts are available for all locations). Once zoomed in the slider can also be used to view colour changes in the next few days.

All beach forecasts are based on NOAA WW3 forecast data (utilising operational NCEP products) which are then manipulated to be bodysurfing specific, and are updated on a daily basis.

The UK Bodysurfing Association and UK Bodysurfing Championships C.I.C.’s.

Join the UK Bodysurfing Association to take part in regular Meet Ups around SW England, gaining expertise in the sport of bodysurfing. An annual UK Bodysurfing Championships is held at Fistral Beach, Newquay.


Junior Memberships

The sport of Bodysurfing has just celebrated a very successful year in the UK.

Action from the Slyde Handboards UK Bodysurfing Championships 2017

Action from the Slyde Handboards UK Bodysurfing Championships 2017


The UK Bodysurfing Association C.I.C. only commenced operating as a Community Interest Company just over a year ago but has come a long way in that short time, with the UK Bodysurfing Championships C.I.C. holding their inaugural Championships at Fistral Beach, Newquay in September 2017. This was also a major success!

In the past year the Association’s membership has grown steadily with 20 competitors taking part in their annual Championships. As well as 16 of the UK membership taking part there were also 3 competitors from Portugal and 1 from France. In next years Championships (again to be held at Fistral Beach, Newquay) the event is expected to be bigger and better.

There will also be opportunities for members to get involved in bodysurfing competitions taking place in France, Portugal and Morocco in 2018.

However, UK Bodysurfing Association C.I.C. are not sitting on their laurels but are keen to grow the sport for the future so that even more people can take part. In order to do this they are encouraging youngsters into the sport by offering two junior memberships – at reduced rates.

Juniors under 19 can join for a year for a fee of just £15, whilst those aged 14 and under can join for a year for just £10.

Memberships include insurance and the opportunity to join up at regular Meet Ups around many of the beaches around SW England. There are other benefits of joining such as discounts off bodysurfing products.

Go to Memberships for further information and to join.


Global Swell Outlook

The Swell Outlook for the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans – including prospects for tropical cyclone development.

15th to 21st January 2018:-



Atlantic Ocean:-

The largest and most dangerous swell to be affecting land anywhere in the world this week is the NW’ly swell currently heading southeast from near Greenland. The swell affecting the UK is already close to 40 foot high as we go to press, and a major developing low midweek in mid-Atlantic will just increase this swell even more, swell well in excess of 40 foot hitting Ireland and the rest of the UK about Wednesday or Thursday. Some of this very large swell will be heading further south too, towards France and Iberia. As it does so the swell period is forecast to increase to about 19 seconds for these areas.

The swell which has been affecting the Eastern Seaboard is now decreasing, so make the most of conditions early in the period. There will be little in the way of waves by next weekend.

The South Atlantic is relatively quiet again this week, although some very good swell will be found in South Africa. Look for days where the winds are offshore.

Pacific Ocean:-

In the North Pacific Ocean there will be a vigorous low developing during the week, with associated very large to dangerous SW’ly swell spreading to British Columbia and the northwestern states. As the swell is onshore, not very good conditions at all here.

In the South Pacific there will be some large westerly swell affecting Chile and southern Peru this week. Some of the more sheltered beaches should do very well at times. Northern Peru is likely to see the best bodysurfing conditions.

There will be a developing area of low pressure between eastern Australia and New Zealand early this week with some very large swell for any areas nearby. The Gold Coast will be excellent as will some of New Zealands beaches. The low is predicted to weaken as it moves southeast across New Zealand later this week or next weekend but it will take time for the swell to decline.

Indian Ocean:-

In the southern Indian Ocean dangerous Cyclone Berguitta is expected to remain out to sea to the east of Madagascar, although there will still be some large swell affecting their eastern coast from it for a time later this week when at its nearest.This follows on from recent cyclone Ava, where there has been some resulting damage to Madagascar’s coastline. Follow the official link Météo France á La Réunion for up to date forecasts.

Southern Ocean:-

The Southern Ocean is fairly quiet this week.

Link to full Global Swell Outlook

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