About Scarborough - South Bay

This is the resort part of the town with a long, curved stretch of sand that arcs from the harbour round to the Spa to the south. The majority of the bay is pretty poor surf wise, flat, lacking in sandbars, and backed by amusements... Good fish & chips through. This part of the bay is very sheltered so can be one of the few spots that stays clean in huge northerly storms. Where things get interesting is at the Spa end with its numerous areas of flat reef and where the currents conspire to produce better banks. Not high tide due to sea wall.

Source: Scarborough - South Bay Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Fun spot for all abilities.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Busy, hectic.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

May be one of the only spots breaking so expect crowds.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Mostly a close-out or fat, can be fun waves at southern end.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Any size quite hard work.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Crowds, rips, rocks at southern end.


Parking is tricky here with limited sea front spaces near to Spa.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish


Sandy bay with reefs to south.

Best Season

Big winter swells or storms December - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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