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Latitude: 51° 22.765' N
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This spot is located just outside the town of Broadstairs on the coastal road towards botany bay and Margate.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Joss
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
PowerHollow, Ordinary, Fun, Powerless
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionWest, SouthWest, South
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
This spot has been surfed since 1968 and is by far the most popular surf spot in the south east. Attracts big crowds in summer months and on big crowds. Locals can be an issue. Sometimes you can get this spot on a big swell or CLASSIC swell with no one in!
By Anonymous , 08-08-2008
muppets - you all moan about the crowds here now ive surfed here for 18 years and i was from the medway towns .what the hell has that got to do with it i now live in thanet but so what.the reason you are all arguing is the crowd problem right?so why do you all take photos af cack surfers on cack waves and plaster them on sites the whole world can see take photos by all means i have a huge collection of classic winter waves but not one has been seen by another person they are my memories ,why do your egos have to have photos put on surfsites for all the world to see of course people are gonna come from all over i dont like crowds but no one owns the ocean and surfing is more popular than ever now get used to it.second problem you have a guy who wants to build on the beach upgrade the surf school etc ha theres your problem hes obviously advertising so again its gonna attract more people.the simple answer is the joss of old has been lost because of ego trippers and greed so if you dont like the situation dont go there .and before people reply to this in a slag off manor think about it because every word is true.surf there enjoy it when its ok waves try to get along but dont expect respect when you could be one of the people with photos all over magicseaweed etc
By assumption , 30-11-2007
I give up... - this isn't worth the aggro...
Seriously mate, i don't even know what a medway town is.
I'm an aussie who's been living near bournemouth for a little while, i was just enjoying a paddle after it had been so bloody flat down here for ages. I watched the storm come down from scotland and looked at the map of england and saw that ramsgate or margate would be the place for the storm swell to hit. I jumped in the car with directions to margate and found my way to a beach from there. I was directed to joss by someone with boards on their car at a service station...
I didn't have anyone to ask about the spot i was sponging at joss, so being quite stoked and curious, i made a comment on here; suddenly i'm being labeled a kook, egotist and being called a gimp.
I'm sorry if i've offended you anonymous locals.
By Anonymous , 28-11-2007
You don't get it kook. - The problem with people like you is that you fail to understand a few fundametals. Firstly, generations of families have surfed Joss since the 1960s and they have more of a right to surf it than you. When its good they should get the waves for all the effort and lost time they dedicate to their spot not some nobody from the medway towns. Secondly, you are clearly part of the crew that gleans more joy from telling everyone about a session rather than enjoying the surf in its own right. Why is that? Ego? I saw your session remember. Finally, We don't need you encouraging more people from out of town. Why not keep the spot quiet? I have travelled extensively and surfed some amazing low key spots. I show the locals respect by keeping them quiet in the hope that when I go back they'll let me score some waves and maybe a few beers and smiles. Learn. Gimp.
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