Kitesurfing on the North East Coast of England

For the purpose of this guide, we’ve classed the North East of England as starting in Northumberland, just south of the Scottish border, right the way down to the southern part of Lincolnshire. The other side of the Wash, starting in North Norfolk, we’ve classed as South East England.

Climate

Eastern areas of the UK tend to be drier and cooler than the west. They also experience a greater variation in both daily and seasonal temperatures. The UK’s weather is strongly influenced by its latitude (the further North you go, the lower the temperature) and the Atlantic Ocean. The East Coast is affected less by the weather systems coming off the Atlantic than the West. But the North East (especially the most northerly areas) is influenced by continental polar air mass, which brings cold dry air.

Wind Conditions

The East Coast tends to be less windy than the West Coast, and the prevailing winds for the UK tend to be South Westerly. Winds from a Northerly direction, clockwise to Southerly, tend to be few and far between, though the dedicated kitesurfer (prepared to skive from work) might realistically get a few days, on average, per month, on the water.

Most East Coast kitesurfers tend to make regular trips to the West Coast to get their fix. The North East does have one beach that will work on Westerly winds: Paddy’s Hole, Redcar.

Our Favourite Kitesurfing Spots on the North East Coast of England

On the right day (of which there are few), Cayton Bay can be an amazing wave venue. It has a reef, which can produce big, clean waves. And it’s a beautiful spot too. The only downside is the steep walk to and from the beach from the clifftop carpark. It’s a killer!

Cleethorpes‘ sand banks produce large, flat water lagoons at various states of tide, great for practicing freestyle/wakestyle manoeuvres. Just be mindful of the strong current though.

We’d be remiss to mention Fraisthorpe Beach. Its waves are messy and the beach has WW2 bunkers next to the small cliffs. But it has a great bunch of kitesurfers, and on the right day it’s a lot of fun. It’s our main local spot so it’ll always hold a special place in our hearts.

Our full list of guides for the North East Coast is below (or you can use the map at the top of the page):

Filey Bay

Filey Bay

Filey Bay is a picturesque, shallow, sandy beach. On a good day you’ll find really small, clean waves with flat spots between them, perfect for freestyle riding, and boosting air.

Hunmanby Gap

Hunmanby Gap

Fraisthorpe beach is just South of Bridlington. Though kitesurfers ride at Bridlington and Fraisthorpe, it is the latter that is the more popular with the kite crowd.

South Bay Scarborough

South Bay Scarborough

Scarborough’s South Bay features smaller, tamer waves than the North Bay. Like North Bay it’s a bit of a ‘catch it on the right day’ sort of venue. Well worth the trip in you do though.

Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes is on the south edge of the Humber Estuary Mouth in North Lincs. It’s a traditional seaside resort with three miles of sandy beach. At mid tide, Cleethorpes is a good flat water venue.

Cayton Bay

Cayton Bay

Cayton Bay is just south of the seaside town of Scarborough. Cayton is one of the few beaches in the area that will work on a wind with some west in it. It’s reef makes it an excellent wave venue.

North Bay Scarborough

North Bay Scarborough

Scarborough has 2 busy tourist beaches. North Bay has its fair share of hazards and hit-and-miss conditions, but the dedicated kitesurfer can be rewarded with big clean sets on the right day.

Majuba Beach, Redcar

Majuba Beach, Redcar

Majuba Beach is situated to the north west of Redcar Town centre. It is a pretty large beach, running roughly west to east south east. Parking and access are both really easy.

Paddy’s Hole, Redcar

Paddy’s Hole at Redcar will never win any beauty contests, but it’s one of the few places on the east coast of England that you can kitesurf on a westerly wind.

The Gare, Redcar

The Gare, Redcar

The Gare is a lagoon situated at the North end of Majuba beach, Redcar. It’s sheltered by a reef which protects it from the waves, making it an ideal freestyle/wakestyle kitesurfing venue.

South Shields

South Shields

South Shields is at the mouth of the River Tyne. The beach features a large sandy bay on the South side. A mixture of waves and flat water shredding at different tide states.

Bridlington

Bridlington

Bridlington is a seaside town on the East coast. Though kitesurfers ride at Bridlington and Fraisthorpe, it is the latter that is the more popular with the kite crowd.

Fraisthorpe Beach

Fraisthorpe Beach

Fraisthorpe beach is just South of Bridlington. Though kitesurfers ride at Bridlington and Fraisthorpe, it is the latter that is the more popular with the kite crowd.