Tynemouth, Saltburn, Scarborough and Lincolnshire
The coastline from Scarborough to the Scottish border has England’s best surfing terrain. From the flat slate reefs and rocky points to heavy, hollow beach breaks, this area has it all. Northumbria has miles of white-sand beaches interspersed with point breaks, whereas Yorkshire has an amazing slate geology that not only attracts fossil hunters from all over the world, but also provides the perfect base for producing quality reef breaks. A tell-tale trademark of these northern waves is the brown colour of the coastal waters. This is not down to pollution, but more the silty composition of the soil and coastal sediments. However, north of Newcastle, the line-ups clear, and crystal-blue waves peel once again in the shadow of once-great castles.
Home to a thriving and hard core surf community, the north east coastline is steeped in surfing heritage, from its earliest roots in 1890 when two Hawaiian princes first surfed the North Sea in Bridlington, to the now thriving surf scenes in Saltburn, Whitby, Scarborough and Tynemouth.