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Latitude: 51° 5.416' N
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Turn left before the entrance to the channel port go through the railway tunnel and then straight on for couple hundred meters, its right in front of you. Alternatively park on cliff top near Martello tower and walk down cliff path.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Folkestone
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day length
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementFalling tide
This break has been surfed since the late 1960's, it works best when a deep low is moving quickly over the uk. Only works on the larger channel swells and is therefore mainly a winter wave. The wave is clean when there is a sw wind as it is sheltered from the prevailing winds by the harbour. At high tide a weadge wave develops of the harbour wall. Also beware of rocks at high tide and on extreme highs back wash from sea wall.
A good wave with easy acces, lots of room compared to Ramsgate, is a good alternative to the North Kent breaks when swells and weather systems are comming up the english channel from the atlantic, but can still get very crowded needs minimum 25mph w-sw wind blowing up english channel for at least 12 hours before a suitable swell has developed. Has been less popular in recent years. The beach is protected by the full force of channel winds by the harbour, this gives a clean wave when most other channel spots are blown out.
By Anonymous , 23-11-2009
Folkestone no longer works too much sand now banks - Folkestone is dead! with no dredging in the harbour the bay has silted up and no longer works just a sloppy mess. I'd head to ramsgate wall or Joss these days as the only places with a decent wave. freindly group at the wall too. justin
By Anonymous , 22-11-2009
Anonimous - Folkstone sucks. 2ft close out mush crap. Go to ramsgate wall for a quality wave that barrels. Locals welcome new faces.
By Dan , 03-09-2009
Today - Just like to say I had a good session there today. (first time i have been there in ages),Will be keeping an eye out for the forecasts.See you there.