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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 Surf Guide

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.

South Shields Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
7.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing South Shields:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing South Shields 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 10% of the time in January while 17% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 73% 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 South Shields Location Map

Interactive South Shields 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 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.

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South Shields Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 17 January 2021, 13:28 Local Time
Sunday 17Mon
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 6 6 6 13
Wind (km/h) 25
W 20
W 30
W 30
Wind State cross-

Swell History at South Shields

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

Wind History at South Shields

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

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