5 of the best – Surf Spots

Blog written and researched by @tom_ashurst and @richiewear13!


Scarborough is one of the country’s best loved seaside towns, but where are the best places to surf? Well here’s a couple of starting points. Scarborough’s North and South Bays have nice rolling beach breaks and are gentle enough for beginners to try. A popular spot for long boarders, low to mid tides offer bigger surf for the more experienced. Another favourite spot is Cayton Bay (pictured above). A quiet and unspoilt bay, with great facilities, it offers some of the county’s best surfing year round, from three key surfing locations. These are Pumphouse, Bunkers and The Point all of which are top quality surf breaks – The Point in particular is a challenge for even the experts.

If you want to look the part, head to Fluid Concept Surf Shop and they’ll kit you out good and proper! They’ve also got a surf school to help you get started too. Dexters Surf Shop is crammed full of popular brands like Roxy, Quiksilver and Weird Fish and they’ve also got a range of high quality of the shelf and custom surfboards available for purchase.

Scarborough Surf School offers a variety of specialised lessons for both complete beginners and intermediate surfers, so regardless of ability from total novice to improver they are ready and waiting to help and advise you on your surfing journey, whatever the weather or your ability! They’ve also got a great After School Kids Club available through the summer season which is great fun for the youngsters.


Wonderfully wide and uninhabited, Sandsend is one of the best surf spots on its day. You can easily spend an afternoon of fun here and the breaks continue all the way up the beach to Whitby.

This location can really excite and most people have a good story to tell about a session here. Sandsend is quieter than the Scarborough surf beaches so there’s plenty of room on this big open beach for all levels. Note that the surf is always bigger than it looks from the road. Best around low- or mid-tide, but can break at high if the waves are big enough. So pick your wave carefully and then go and surf it!

Once you’ve finished here, don’t forget to pop down the road to Whitby and enjoy some fish and chips on the beach whilst you reminisce about your day’s work. There’s some great options here including Quayside, Magpie Café and Hadley’s.


The delightful coastal town Saltburn-by-the-sea bestows plenty of Victorian charm and thrills. From the water balanced cliff lifts to the last remaining pier in Yorkshire, Saltburn promises its visitors an authentic seaside experience! There’s plenty to entertain too as the town has an up and coming arts scene, lots of restaurants and more importantly plenty of daring water sports to try.

The Saltburn Surf School has been established over 30 years, and in this time has provided experienced, professional coaching in a safe surfing environment. Based just 10 metres from the sands of Saltburn beach, it is in an ideal spot for surfing, regardless of the stage of the tide.

The Surf School offer lessons for both individuals and groups between April and October, and can be flexible to fit your needs! They also cater for your every need with regards to equipment, meaning that your enjoyment is paramount.

Sheffield Cable Waterski

Sheffield Cable Waterski at the Rother Valley Country Park is a must for those wishing to try out or perfect their boarding skills! The obstacles you will encounter here are set up for intermediate or advanced boarders, but with the help of the expert cable staff, new comers will also get lots of enjoyment out of their experience.

You can learn the basics of kneeboarding, waterskiing or wakeboarding with the fully qualified BWSW accredited staff at the park. Although the minimum age for participants is 12 years old, the park run a kids club for younger riders of between 8-12 years.

The park is perfect for hen and stag dos as well as corporate days and there is a purpose built barbeque and serving area for the hungry surfers!

All essential kit is provided, although it is worth checking the FAQ’s on the Sheffield Cable Waterski website.

Welton Waters Adventure Centre

Welton Waters Adventure Centre offers a variety water based activities. Situated by a lovely stretch of the Humber River, just 11 miles from the centre of Hull, the water and surrounding land offer ideal facilities for individual, multi-activity and team building sessions.

Sailing, Powerboating, Windsurfing, Kayaking and Canoeing are fantastic and diverse sports. WWAC offers a huge range of water sports opportunities to suit everyone. The programme has been designed to help you enjoy whichever aspect of the sport that appeals to you. Their highly qualified and professional staff will help you maximize your skills development while keeping you safe and most importantly having fun.

WWAC offers the ideal settings for identifying and developing skills within your staff, team or family and can offer a range of courses to meet your desired outcomes. You may wish to explore group dynamics with low impact activities such as raft-building or alternatively you may wish to increase the pressure with activities such as canoeing! The centre is equipped with good classroom facilities, and all staff are experienced in working with participants in a developmental context.




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