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Hornsea break guidePhoto by: Gary Hughes

Hornsea Surf Guide

Hornsea in North East England is a fairly exposed beach break that has unreliable waves. Winter and spring are the best times of year to visit. The best wind direction is from the southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the north. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Best around low tide. Beware of rips and groynes.

Hornsea Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
16.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Hornsea:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Hornsea 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 7% of the time in December while 10% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 83% 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).
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Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Hornsea 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 Hornsea is Humberside Airport (HUY) in England, 39 km (24 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Hornsea is Waddington Airport (WTN) in U.k., 85 km (53 miles) away.

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Hornsea Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 19 August 2022, 13:13 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Hornsea

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

Wind History at Hornsea

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

Hornsea Reviews:

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Gary Hughes from United Kingdom
“Hornsea is a surprisingly punchy wave working in all tidal conditions. Generally smaller than Scarborough or Cayton. On it's day Hornsea's beach breaks can absolutely fire. With long walling lefts in north swell with the occasional barrel section. Hornsea also works well in a South swell giving fast punchy waves although a little short in length. Overall a very underrated spot with little or no crowd, producing good, fun waves. A friendly spot with a few regulars and plenty of space.”

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