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Latitude: 50° 43.128' N
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Follow signs for the pier.Car park next to the beach but you have to pay in day time.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name The Boneyard
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell directionSouthWest
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionMid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdUltra crowded
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
This is a heavy wave with way to many people in the water. Can get epic but 9 times out of 10 it is total gash. This is not a spot recomended for beginers due to the heavy waves and the agressive nature of the local surfers however there is always an abundance of kooks floating around in front of the critical take off.
The advertising for the reef developement has brought a new breed of rich, dangerous, clueless surfer to the areas, armed with thousands of pounds of equiptment and no water sense or etiquete (PLEASE DONT PADDLE OUT ON THE MAIN PEAK, OR JUST STAY IN LONDON OR WHEREVER YOU CAME FROM)
go to brighton or cornwall or somewhere else because there is already too many people at this break and serious acts of localism are starting to emerge e.g tyre slashing, Bos side beatdown
By Anonymous , 27-11-2009
localism and tourism (hand in hand) - Surfed here for years never had any issues, more friendly than Bournmouth Pier, most of the daft comments on here are put on by kids who are bored with facebook. We all started somewhere and now when I jet of to surf in some warm blue water in someone elses backyard I'm not a local either. Respect and you will get respect. Most of the time I'd sooner drive to Devon anyway and i live here!.oops I'm not a local there either. Just a Nomad.
By Kill Bill , 21-09-2009
Kill Bill - One last comment........I drive a 140 mile round trip to come to surf. I buy local fuel and food, spend money on hotels and nights out yet, won't drop in, respects the locals and has a laugh.
If there are 30 people out with foam boards and getting in the way, who's driving that? It's the local surf shops pushing lessons and encouraging more people into the water.
Next time you visit N Devon, check how many lessons are out, how much they charge for car parking and camping and see how much the true locals pay for food and beer!!
I bet you feel ripped off!!!!
By Kill Bill , 21-09-2009
Back to basics - I've been visiting Bournemouth and Boscombe for years. Before I could drive we used to cycle (with boards under arms) for 6 miles to get to the station to get the train down and then cycle (with boards again) down to the beach.
I've always loved the place and even now check the cams and forecast and bunk off work as often as possible to drive the 70 miles down. Slop or clean, I just want to get in the water.
Some of the comments on here are disturbing though about localism. I really appreciate that the locals are pissed about the "wannabes" spending thousands of pounds on equipment and getting in the way.........however, not everyone has been blessed with being in a position to live near the coast.
I started surfing when I was 10 and had to beg and beg to be taken for a surf. I'm in a position now where I can go whenever there's a wave which is a wonderful thing.
I've found the locals nothing but accommodating and friendly, even having a laugh if a "kook" may have found themselves in the way.
The reef may have caused untold publicity, however, when the "kooks" see what the paddle's like, they won't even try it.
Please let's not lose what's currently a great vibe because there's more people in the water. With some gentle education (tell them to read up on surf etiquette), all breaks will be a pleasure to be at.
Remember, we all had to start somewhere and some take longer than others. Let's not start degrading a superb sport and encourage those who want to take part.
Next time you suffer a drop in, think of the Croyde, Fistral etc locals in summer or the many locals in all the ski / snowboard resorts in winter. They manage to make use of the tourists whilst sharing a great environment.
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