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South Shields ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.3
Consistency of Surf: 2.3
Difficulty Level: 1.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 3.0

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South Shields Spot ID

Evening stroll, South Shields photo

South Shields

Photo credit: claire chambers

Type: beach

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell NNE | Wind SW

Sea Temperature Today is: 14.4 °C

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 14:52 Local time
Tuesday 17Wed
Wave (m) 0.2
Period (s) 4 4 4 4
Wind (km/h) 10
WSW 15
W 15
W 20
Wind State cross-

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South Shields in North East England is a quite exposed beach break that does not work very often. Winter and spring are the best times of year to visit. Offshore winds blow from the southwest with some shelter here from north winds. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the north northeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Sometimes crowded.

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For North Shields, England, 2 km from South Shields.

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South Shields Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At South Shields Coast Marsden South Tyneside wx, 3 km from South Shields.

light winds from the NNW

Mostly Cloudy
Air temperature
18.0 °C

Current weather near South Shields

Overall South Shields Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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Also see South Shields surf quality by season and South Shields surf quality by month.

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South Shields Location Maps

South Shields Location Map

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  • The closest passenger airport to South Shields is Newcastle Airport (NCL) in England, 18 km (11 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to South Shields is Teesside Airport (MME), also in England, 55 km (34 miles) away.
  • Third is Carlisle Airport (CAX) in England, 89 km (55 miles) away.
  • Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in England is 128 km (80 miles) away.
  • Walney Island (Barrow Island) Airport (BWF), also in England is the fifth nearest airport to South Shields and is 153 km (95 miles) away.
South Shields break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for South Shields, North East England. Use the tab navigation above to view South Shields sea temperature, South Shields photographs, South Shields detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, South Shields webcams, current wind from North East England live weather stations and South Shields tide predictions. The United Kingdom swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United Kingdom and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United Kingdom wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around South Shields.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.