About Cromer

The breaks are front and centre at Cromer next to the pier, where there are short rights and longer lefts. Needs a clean north, northeasterly or easterly swell but there will also be crumbly waves for the committed in onshores or windswells. Works on all tides but watch out for groynes and shore dump at high. Busy when good and rippy when big, as longshore drift can kick in.

Source: Cromer Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all comers, beginners stick to low tide small days.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive but pretty chilled.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Popular spot, can be very busy when its on.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Not a classic, but can have long, fun waves in the right swell, with the occasional wedgy peak.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Can be a slog in bigger swells.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Was terrible but getting better. Still bad after rain.

Additional Information


Rips, groynes, jetty, current when big.


Parking is tricky, there's a small car park on Runton Road or parking bays along the sea front.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, sup


Sand and flint.

Best Season

September - February when the North Sea comes to life.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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