In North East England, waves are often hard to come by, but if you have patience and the right gear you can score some awesome waves with no one out. Here are some of the best tips I’ve picked up from surfing here the past 5 years:
- Get yourself the right gear- you will have no fun if you don’t. Through winter, the temperatures can drop massively and a 5 or 6 mil wetsuit with gloves, hood and boots are a must to last the freezing conditions.
- SMILE 🙂 – majority of the time everyone you meet in the water is lovely and happy to have you there, but like anywhere there is often the odd ball who will start an argument at anything. Make sure you keep out of peoples way and just be respectful of the locals.
- Be patient- surfing on the east coast can be frustrating when there are long periods where the sea looks like a a pond, but make sure you keep at it and keep searching different spots because often one place will be flat as a lake, but if you move a few miles up the coast you can find perfect 3 foot glass.
- Be prepared- the last thing you want to do is come out of a freezing 2 hour session into the pouring rain only to find you have no towel and no warm clothes. I always bring extra layers for after sessions because I know I will regret it if I don’t. Also taking a flask of coffee is great to warm you up a bit and revive your blue hands.
- Lastly, I’d say one of the most important things is to appreciate what you’ve got. 2 foot mush? Just get out there and enjoy yourself, it’s not always about getting the most amazing waves every time, because on the east coats that would be almost impossible.