Yorkshire has become known as one of the top UK surf destinations, as the popularity of east coast surfing has soared over the last five years. Local instructor Paul Tomlinson describes what’s on offer.
All levels are catered for, with ideal learner waves at South Bay and Cayton Bay around the seaside resort of Scarborough. In recent years many professional surfers have visited the Yorkshire coast when the conditions are prime, and experience awesome conditions that come close to matching those of the surf meccas of Cornwall and the southwest.
Winds blowing off the land play a crucial part in surfing and on the Yorkshire coast the prevailing wind is south westerly - a surfer's dream when combined with a northerly swell. Sometimes when Cornwall surf is flat, Yorkshire is firing big time.
Here are some of the the spots you should really check out.
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Local surfing enthusiast Paul "Tomo" Tomlinson runs the Scarborough Surf School, offering a comprehensive range of surfing courses and other activities along the Yorkshire coast. The company also runs the Secretspot surf store in town, with a full range of surfing equipment as well as board and wetsuit hire.
Between Scarborough and Filey you'll find some of the biggest waves on the east coast when conditions are right. Not for novices! Head south of Scarborough on the A165 and park on the main road close to the bay.
Gloriously wide and empty, Sandsend can be one of the best surf spots on its day.
The biggest event on the Pro Surf UK circuit takes place in North Bay each October and attracts over 100 surfers.
A fantastic setting and some great surf. Whitby is a delightful town, so make a day of it and combine some waves with a trip into town.
Some of the most reliable surf on the Yorkshire coast.
Best times to go:
The east coast receives some of its best waves between October and March, but at the time of writing June 2014 has been blessed with waves every day – so any time of the year is possible, dependent on the weather patterns. Of course the North Sea is absolutely freezing, particularly from November to June!
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