About Scarborough - North Bay

Scarborough Castle looms over the bay, looking down onto one of the region's most consistent and popular breaks. The northeasterly aspect of this beach means it Hoovers up swells from the north, north east and east and the combination of sand and flat reef creates some fun, long walls and wedgy peaks. At high the waves rebound off the huge, concave, seawall and rocky sea defences, so best at lower tides. Plenty of parking on Marine Drive.

Source: Scarborough - North Bay Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all surfers when small, better left to more experienced surfers when it gets big due to rips and access.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive spot with general relaxed vibe.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Busy spot, popular with local and the many visiting surfers

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Mostly fun peaks that throw up walling, occasionally sectiony waves.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

OK when small, heavy paddle when big.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Crowds, rips, rocks.


Parking on roadside overlooking sea, exit from sea tricky at high tide and big swells.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard, bodysurfing


Sand and rock

Best Season

September - November is the golden time.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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