About Sandsend

Follow the A174 coast road out of Whitby and you'll come to one of the east coast's best beachbreaks. In a clean, northeasterly swell the sandbanks here can produce short, hollow waves. Although it works through the tides, mid to high is traditionally best - though the rebuilt sea wall may affect dead high depending on swell size. Can be heavy and rippy.

Source: Sandsend Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate

Beg Int Adv

If it's anything but tiny best left to more experienced.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Largely tolerant.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Tight local crew.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Chunky, heavy beach break, with mellow reef.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Can be a slog when swells pick up.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

OK - occasional sewage after rains.

Additional Information

Hazards

Heavy waves and rip currents.

Access

Parking on A174 above beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand plus flat reef.

Best Season

Year round but September - November is best.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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