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Eastbourne break guidePhoto by: Brian Griffin

Eastbourne Surf Guide

Eastbourne on the South Coast is a sheltered beach break that only works once in a while. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Works best in offshore winds from the north with some shelter here from west winds. Usually gets local windswells, but groundswells do happen and the ideal wave direction is from the south southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around mid tide. Be aware that the sea here is polluted.

Eastbourne Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
7.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Eastbourne:

The best conditions reported for surf at Eastbourne occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Eastbourne with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 7% of the time in January while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 76% 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 Eastbourne Location Map

Interactive Eastbourne 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 Eastbourne is Lydd Airport (LYX) in U.k., 49 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Eastbourne is Gatwick (London) Airport (LGW) in England, 55 km (34 miles) away.

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Eastbourne Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 29 January 2023, 20:14 Local Time
SunMonday 30
Wave (m)
Period (s) 12 12 12 6
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Eastbourne

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

Wind History at Eastbourne

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

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    Reliability: inconsistent
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    • Icon beachBeach/pier
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: inconsistent
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