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White Sands Surf Guide

White Sands on the East Coast is a fairly exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf. Winter and spring are the favoured times of year to visit. Ideal winds are from the west southwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells Waves at the beach break both left and right. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Watch out for dangerous rips.

White Sands Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
14.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing White Sands:

The best conditions reported for surf at White Sands occur when a Northeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing White Sands 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 19% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 74% 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).

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Interactive White Sands 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 White Sands is Leuchars Airport (ADX) in U.k, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to White Sands is Edinburgh Airport (EDI), also in U.k, 54 km (34 miles) away.

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White Sands Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 8 August 2022, 21:01 Local Time
MonTuesday 09
Wave (m)
Period (s) 7 7 7 7
Wind (km/h)
Wind State off off off off

Swell History at White Sands

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

Wind History at White Sands

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

White Sands Reviews:

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Based on 4 votes.
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  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s43.7
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Jaimee from United Kingdom
“I have surfed White Sands for a few years if you know what your doing and don't get in the way of the locals then you won't get grief; it's the same at any spot in the U.K. Respect locals and understand how a lineup works. Heavy rip on a south swelland wide sets catch you out on a north swell. First section us good but it's well exposed to wind as it's a 5 minute paddle across the channel, plus Great Whites. Welcome to Scotland, now go home.”

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