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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 St Andrews East Sands

UK, East Scotland

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 56° 20.189' N
Longitude: 2° 46.873' W

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Follow signs to St Andrews East Sands. Paddle out in front of the car park or next to the harbour wall. There can be many different peaks that are always changing.

English (Translate this text in English): Follow signs to St Andrews East Sands. Paddle out in front of the car park or next to the harbour wall. There can be many different peaks that are always changing.

English (Translate this text in English): Follow signs to St Andrews East Sands. Paddle out in front of the car park or next to the harbour wall. There can be many different peaks that are always changing.

English (Translate this text in English): Follow signs to St Andrews East Sands. Paddle out in front of the car park or next to the harbour wall. There can be many different peaks that are always changing.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthEast

Good wind directionWest, SouthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

It`s a bit mental but when the swells cranking then it goes off and just make sure u turn off the wave before u hit the cliffs! Always keep an eye out on where the peak is. Works most consistently during winter. Can get cold!

English (Translate this text in English): It`s a bit mental but when the swells cranking then it goes off and just make sure u turn off the wave before u hit the cliffs! Always keep an eye out on where the peak is. Works most consistently during winter. Can get cold!

English (Translate this text in English): It`s a bit mental but when the swells cranking then it goes off and just make sure u turn off the wave before u hit the cliffs! Always keep an eye out on where the peak is. Works most consistently during winter. Can get cold!

English (Translate this text in English): It`s a bit mental but when the swells cranking then it goes off and just make sure u turn off the wave before u hit the cliffs! Always keep an eye out on where the peak is. Works most consistently during winter. Can get cold!

Atmosphere

Relaxed everyones a student and no local mentality, really quiet only me and a couple of mates normally. Mostly longboarders but when it gets big there can be a bunch of shortboarders out.

English (Translate this text in English): Relaxed everyones a student and no local mentality, really quiet only me and a couple of mates normally. Mostly longboarders but when it gets big there can be a bunch of shortboarders out.

English (Translate this text in English): Relaxed everyones a student and no local mentality, really quiet only me and a couple of mates normally. Mostly longboarders but when it gets big there can be a bunch of shortboarders out.

English (Translate this text in English): Relaxed everyones a student and no local mentality, really quiet only me and a couple of mates normally. Mostly longboarders but when it gets big there can be a bunch of shortboarders out.

General

Out on the beach its a fun wave and easy for most. Can get really big in winter and usually is then a hard wave but really worth it. Most of the east coast are out there but if it is really good u should try kingsbarns about 15 minutes away.

English (Translate this text in English): Out on the beach its a fun wave and easy for most. Can get really big in winter and usually is then a hard wave but really worth it. Most of the east coast are out there but if it is really good u should try kingsbarns about 15 minutes away.

English (Translate this text in English): Out on the beach its a fun wave and easy for most. Can get really big in winter and usually is then a hard wave but really worth it. Most of the east coast are out there but if it is really good u should try kingsbarns about 15 minutes away.

English (Translate this text in English): Out on the beach its a fun wave and easy for most. Can get really big in winter and usually is then a hard wave but really worth it. Most of the east coast are out there but if it is really good u should try kingsbarns about 15 minutes away.

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By Surfsnow690 , 26-06-2012

When it's not flat - Have had a few good days here (no sennen) but works on mid to high tide, never seen the reef work even when there was head high waves, peels left from the harbour wall where it cleans up out of the wind, sand bars can shift to change the breaks, good shop on the beach that sell ham and cheese toasty's, locals are an epic bunch and laid back line up, happy days

By gromsurferscotland , 29-06-2011

epic on its day - well st andrews east is more of a fast heavy wave that tends to close out when the tide is low. at the left end the waves are smaller because it is sheltered by the cliffs which can be useful to paddle out when the waves are too big. and i dont under stand how the description says the bottom is rocky it is quite the opposite. most days are around waist to knee high but you will get the odd day when its head high. hopefully this helped

By charlie eedle , 10-03-2006

new years day - the best surf i have seen at st.andrews was on new years day. there was a fair few people in. cold but well worth the numb feet and hands. if your near st.andrews come over a give it a go. surf can be good or none at all. this season has been a good one!!! see you out there!!!!

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