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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Folkestone East Cliff Sands

UK, South East

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 51° 5.416' N
Longitude: 1° 12.299' E

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 Access

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Folkestone

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

Experience

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day length

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Localism
- Pollution

 Additional Information

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

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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.

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