Wave Magnet Torbay


You’d think that there’d be little chance of surfing in Torbay, as it faces east, up the channel and away from Atlantic swells, up to Calais – well more precisely to Le Touquet. That’s up to 200 kilometres of fetch when the winds blow in with an east component (NE, E, SE), which means – my friend – waves! Some directions are of course better than others – east and south-east are best. Even strong southerly swells can refract into the Bay sometimes. And it doesn’t take much to start the wave trains a’ rollin’, 10 mph and upwards. ‘Force 3′, I think is the term used at the Yacht Club? And when combined with dropping winds, or better still, for the winds to swing around to westerly, and become light and offshore, then it can produce some smooth, classic conditions.

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So the trick, I’ve found, is to spot the days: use the weather sites and plan ahead to dash out for that quick surf. Windguru.com is great for guessing ahead of time, booking a day off, throwing a sickie, loading that board into the car (see our site for the link). But invaluable to see what’s actually there, even at night, is the wave buoy out in the Bay, part of a network along our coast.

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A metre on the graph translates to a metre of arriving waves. This year it’s regularly touched over 2 metres, 6-8 ft! Check out the channelcoast.org website.

The data shows whether swells are rising or dropping away, the wave period, direction and all other manner of geeky stuff … Love it!

Here’s the link for Torbay –


Happy surfing! :)

Wave 8’s Are Here!

Rich from ‘Wave 8′ is up and running, and testing their new boards in Christmas sunshine. All enquiries are welcome, just drop a line to rcm@wave8.co.uk for sales enquiries. Also keep an eye out, here, for details of their Saturday morning paddle club and taster sessions – coming soon.

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WAVE8 SUP Boards

Local, Torbay start-up, SUP retailer WAVE8 is hoping to have their new line of SUPs with accessories ready to order by Christmas. Here are some exciting pics, leaked from the factory floor, North Pole.

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The boards are 10’6″ x 30 x 4.5, weighing 11 kg. They are constructed from EPS core with a wooden stringer, covered by 2 layers of 6oz fibreglass and epoxy. These are designed to be all round boards for the flat as well as waves.
   WAVE8’s aim is to offer a complete support package to their customers, including adjustable carbon paddles, board bags, eva decks and a leash (all you need to get started). They also intend to provide (where required) a getting to know your WAVE8 SUP board by offering a Saturday morning free learning session.


All enquiries to Richard, at rcm@wave8.co.uk

Torbay Surfing wishes them all the best and can’t wait to see the boards in the waves. :)

Get Ready for Winter!

The winds have swung round to the north and temperatures have tumbled; but there’s still clean winter waves to be had (hopefully without the wind) all winter long! Here’s two, cold inspired, beautiful films to tempt you into the water. Stay safe and wrapped in 5-6 mm …

Torbaysurfing Webcam

Danny’s finally got the Torbaysurfing webcam up and running. It’s experimental, not just a click and remote button affair. Encrypted access only – each user requiring ‘flight training’ before being let loose to check out the surf! :)


The Horlicks’ Surf


Storm after storm have left the sea milky-brown like Horlicks; the Combined Sewage Outflows must have been pumping – or burst. Yet a lull in the south westerlies left smooth swell refracting around Berry Head, with the sun out, it was too tempting in the rare and light winds, and the low tide, to catch a milky-brown one.


Rough and Smooth


With this month’s easterly winds driving swell into the Bay, then swinging offshore they demonstrate how you can get perfect, groomed little waves that are a joy to ride. Throw in winter-sun, and you got Cold Hawaii; but on a small day! It demonstrates the need for a bigger SUP for the lumpy, blown-out stuff (9’8″), and an ‘ickle performance board (7’4″) for the more groomed and ordered waves. And as usual, Preston delivers on mid to low tide.