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!
South Bay features smaller, tamer waves that North Bay. It’s a sheltered spot, and a useful option if it’s too windy at other local venues.
Scarborough's South Bay will works on E around to SE. It can be a temperamental venue though. You might find it's windy all the way up the East Coast, but sheltered here. This can make it a useful spot if it's really nuking everywhere else and you need some shelter.
Kitesurfing at high tide is just about doable, but you won't have much room for launching and landing. Not recommended in the busy months
The waves at South Bay tend to be a little tamer than those at North Bay, and often have some nice glassy, flat water in between them. This makes it a nice venue for wave riders or freestylers.
The waves at North Bay can get really big, especially after a few days of northerly winds. Kitesurfing is only possible more than 2 hours either side of high water as the beach completely disappears.
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 at both North and South Bay, so buggying and landboarding are a definite no no!
- Fish and chips, ice cream, waffles, restaurants and takeaways galore
- Amusement arcades
South Bay has its fair share of hazards to watch out for:
- Promenade railings
- Rip tides and strong currents
As with any location, knowledge is power!! Talk to people there. There are usually plenty 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.