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South East Surf Guide

Unfortunately, only huge southwest swells have the energy required to reach a lot of south east spots. Nevertheless, many of the breaks around here can produce good waves on wind swells from various points of the compass and some even get hold of North Sea swells. As a surfer in this area, the focus is therefore on good forecasting skills with knowledge of the local set up. Most breaks on the south east coast also work best around high tide.

Although much more well known as a windsurfing and kitesurfing spot, the Witterings can produce waves on a huge southwest or even an east swell, ideally with northerly winds to hold them up. Watch out for groynes. Further along the coast, the mouth of the River Arun is the home of Littlehampton. The peak here is next to the breakwater and therefore is for experienced surfers only.

BrightonJoss Bay

Although synonymous with the surfing lifestyle, Brighton isn’t a particularly great spot for surfing by any means. However, there are some chalk reef breaks in the area which seem to keep the locals happy. To the east, Hasting just outside of Rye is a south facing beachbreak popular with bodyboarders which benefits from high tide like all breaks in the area.

One of the more unlikely places for surf in the UK in some many ways is Kent although, due to its location, it can benefit from both southerly and northerly swells. However, there is an active scene which is focused around Joss Bay, Viking Bay and Ramsgate. The surf here is generally not great but the conditions are so localised that you can actually get a great session in here for a few hours when the rest of the country is completely flat.

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