St Andrews Reviews and Ratings
(Scotland – East Coast, UK)
Visitor reviews of St Andrews surf break
April 18, 2012
andrew from United Kingdom
An inconsistent break! Mainly windswept crap.. or 2 ft closeouts.. but when its a 10 ft NE swell with offshore winds it can go off! Low tide go to the cliff end of the beach and at mid to high tide go to the sandbar near the harbor wall. 7 miles down the coast there is a much better break called kings barns... there are three different waves at the same beach.. called the point' pole and the beach. The pole is a reef and has got a short left slab.. which breaks on a NW swell tends to be hollow! (works on high tide) the beach works on any swell really.. had an awesome session there. perfect beach break peaks on its day.. can be hollow too! (works at high tide) and the point is a lovely long right hander.. a mini thurso east on its day.. some barrel sections.. breaks over large boulders. Can be unforgiving considering there is no kelp just plain reef. Some dry sections as well... heard there's a nice left as well which I have to try out! Only go at high tide unless you want to snap your fins! No crowds as well.
St Andrews Ratings
Based on 6 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 2.8
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
(1: St Andrews is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 2.2
(1: St Andrews is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Scotland - East Coast. 5: the best break in Scotland - East Coast).
Difficulty Level: 2.2
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 3.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: St Andrews can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 2.8
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at St Andrews, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.7
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at St Andrews are often excellent).
Water Quality: 2.7
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: St Andrews is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to St Andrews requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 5.0
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near St Andrews for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at St Andrews is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: St Andrews is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 1.0
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at St Andrews, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near St Andrews where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
Based on 6 votes. Vote
April 13, 2012
migosa from United Kingdom
It rarely gets any waves and when it gets it tends to be stormy waves. No good surfing really. In terms of wind, St Andrews is very windy but often W, which means offshore. If you are into flat water windsurfing and good at kitesurfing on offshore winds, then St Andrews is definitely a place to visit, otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it.