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Whitley Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.0
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 3.5

Overall: 2.9

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Whitley Bay Surf Guide

Whitley Bay in North East England is a fairly exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the southwest. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell angle is from the north northeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water. Rocks are a hazard.

Whitley Bay Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s32.9
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
7.3°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Whitley Bay:

The best conditions reported for surf at Whitley Bay 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 Whitley Bay (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Whitley Bay 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.
clean
10%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
17%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
73%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Whitley Bay Location Map

Interactive Whitley Bay 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 Whitley Bay is Newcastle Airport (NCL) in England, 16 km (10 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Whitley Bay is Teesside Airport (MME), also in England, 60 km (37 miles) away.

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Whitley Bay Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 17 January 2021, 12:49 Local Time
Sunday 17
9AM12PM3PM6PM
Wave (m) 1.6
NW
1.4
NW
0.2
N
0.8
NNW
Period (s) 6 6 14 6
Wind (km/h) 25
WNW 25
W 25
W 20
W
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Whitley Bay

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

Wind History at Whitley Bay

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

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