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Surfing in Suffolk (c) Chris Read Photography

SURFING IN SUFFOLK

With approximately 50 miles of coastline, and some of the country’s best beaches, Suffolk really should be better known for its surfing. And as the relatively shallow sea floor takes the sting out of really large waves, it’s a great place for beginners to learn how to ride the board.

WHERE TO GO SURFING IN SUFFOLK?

The first thing you need to decide is where to go surfing in Suffolk. Those in the know recommend the north of the county as a good place to find some waves: Lowestoft, Southwold and Walberswick all benefit from the northerly swells, especially between the months of October and March, but don't be put off visiting outside of the peak periods.

WHERE TO STAY?

Situated as they are on the glorious Suffolk coastline, there is a wealth of places to stay in Southwold, Lowestoft, and Walberswick. Lowestoft is famous as the birthplace of Benjamin Britten, and you can now stay in Britten House, his family home on the seafront. Further south, Suffolk Hideaways or So Southwold have a large portfolio of properties for you to choose from, with cottages ideally located for a range of activities.
Surfing in Lowestoft (c) Chris Read PhotographyA surfer enjoys the late afternoon waves in Lowestoft
Photo (c) Chris Read Photography

WHERE TO EAT?

Even at a gentle pace, surfing in Suffolk will burn around 210 calories an hour, so to refuel why not try The Anchor Inn at Walberswick, once one of the country’s top fifty gastropubs? Lowestoft also has many great places to eat, like Rocksalt Dining and Bar 1903 on the seafront, next to Claremont Pier. What it lacks in outdoor space, it quickly makes up for in its fine seafood offering. And if you’re surfing in Southwold you should try dining out options at Black Olive Deli and coffee at Two Magpies Bakery (conveniently located next to each other). Or, for a traditional seaside special, The Little Fish & Chip Shop is appropriately located on your route back to the seafront. 

WHERE TO GET YOUR GEAR?

Of course, if you’re going surfing in Suffolk, then a board is a pretty essential piece of kit. And if you’re going to hit the waves in the winter then a wetsuit with boots and hood is highly recommended, too. There are several places in Suffolk where you can buy surfing equipment: Kiteboarding UK in Lowestoft covers the north of the county, and they even provide lessons, while Ipswich has Edge Riders, for practical gear and wakeboards.

WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION?

So you know where you’re surfing in Suffolk and you’re all tooled up. But where can you get real time information on the conditions? One of the best sites around is www.magicseaweed.com, which gives you up to the minute data on swell direction, height, water temperature and everything else you could need to know.

All photos in this article are by Chris Read

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