Surfed regularly since the 1960s, these coasts offer some decent sized swell in the winter but are often flat for the rest of the year. Facing north east they can sometimes be blessed with a rare groundswell, but in the main it is locally produced storm swell that then sometimes be cleaned up by winter offshore winds as lows move north. Water quality is not great due to the level of industrialisation. There are designated surf zones in the summer in both countries but in the winter Holland is unrestricted.
Surf camps can offer a variety of types of accommodation such as apartments, hotels, rooms, camping or dormitories together with food, surf lessons and group activities. Often included are guided surf tours of the best local spots along with surf hire, videos, photography, professional coaching and even some night life.