Scarborough has 2 main beaches suitable for kitesurfing: North Bay and South Bay. Both are really busy tourist beaches.
There are lots of other little spots in the area that surfers use but they’re not suitable for kitesurfing unless you’re extremely brave!
Both beaches at Scarborough can be fickle destinations with their fair share of hazards, combined with hit-and-miss conditions. That said, the dedicated kitesurfer can be rewarded with big clean sets on the right day.
Scarborough's North Bay works on anything from NW around to ENE, but NW to N winds are usually gusty, as they blow over distant cliffs. For E to SE winds, head down to South Bay.
Kitesurfing at North Bay is only possible 2 hours or more, either side of high tide, as the beach completely disappears.
The waves at North Bay can get really big, especially after a few days of northerly winds. It's often clean waves make it a popular spot with surfers. An ideal venue for wave riders.
Not a lot of kitesurfing gets done at Scarborough, largely due to the fact of it being a bit of a 'right place, right time' kinda place.
There can be a limited amount of space on the beach so keep your gear tidy and try not too disrupt other beach users. As with any venue, confrontation with other beach users can lead to kite bans.
There is a wheels ban on both beaches so buggying and landboarding are a definite no no!
- Fish and chips, ice cream, waffles, restaurants and takeaways galore
- Amusement arcades
North Bay has its fair share of hazards:
- Tourists, dog walkers etc.
- Promenade railings
- Sea defence rocks
- Rip tides and strong currents
It's strongly recommended that you study North Bay before venturing out. Rocks appear at low tide, and you really need to know where they are to avoid them.
As with any location, knowledge is power!! Talk to people there. There’s usually a lot of surfers around with good knowledge of the beach.
Getting There & Parking
Scarborough is a well sign-posted location so just follow your nose, or your sat nav! Parking is adjacent to both beaches right the way along.
Payment is via meters and it can get very busy in summer and school holidays.
Weather Forecast & Live Readings
I'm hoping at some point to get a decent feed into the site for weather, but until then here's a link to 7 day wind forecast for Scarborough.
And if you're wondering if it's on right now, I think this is the best resource: Latest hour by hour wind readings, Fylingdales.