About Whitby

Starting in the northern lee of the harbour groynes, the beach at Whitby runs from the town all the way to Sandsend. The harbour end is sheltered during an onshore southeasterly wind and is a popular spot with local groms. There's a rip that runs next to the wall for an easy paddle out. There can be fun waves here from low to three quarter tide. There are more banks along the Promenade toward the golf course, the sand shifts regularly but it can get excellent.

Source: Whitby Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Best for intermediate, beginners beware of rips.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Pretty friendly.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Usually uncrowded.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Standard fun beachie with occasional good bank, Sandsend is usually a better bet.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Can be a slog, there's a useful rip by harbour.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Not amazing.

Additional Information


Rips and rocks.


Parking along clifftop North Promenade.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish


Sand with rock patches near high.

Best Season

September - November.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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