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Brighton break guidePhoto by: Fergus O’Donnell

Brighton Surf Guide

Brighton on the South Coast is a fairly exposed beach/pier break that does not work very often. Winter is the best time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds blow from the north. Windswells are much more typical than groudswells and the best wave direction is from the southwest. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Likely to be crowded if working. Beware of groynes, rips and pollution.

Brighton Spot Info

Icon beachBeach/pierIcon  s33.1
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
8.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Brighton:

The best conditions reported for surf at Brighton occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Brighton (for consistent clean waves)?

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Brighton with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 4% of the time in December while 44% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 52% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Brighton Location Map

Interactive Brighton surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Brighton is Gatwick (London) Airport (LGW) in England, 40 km (25 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Brighton is Lydd Airport (LYX) in U.k., 73 km (45 miles) away.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Brighton Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 23 January 2022, 21:12 Local Time
SunMonday 24
Wave (m)
Period (s) 15 14 14 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
cross cross

Swell History at Brighton

Surf stats for Brighton, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Brighton

Wind stats for Brighton, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Brighton. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s22.1
    12km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s32.5
    Reliability: inconsistent
    13km away
    • Icon beach  redBreakwater
    • Icon  s22.3
    Reliability: inconsistent
    14km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: inconsistent
    19km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s32.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    20km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Brighton: