Belhaven Bay Surf Forecast

Welcome to our surf forecast page. Belhaven is a perfect place to learn to surf for beginners, and provides great summer longboarding waves and surprisingly good autumn and winter shortboarding!

The East coast of Scotland faces the North Sea and can get surf generated from storms from the North and Arctic, from the East and Scandanavia and even from a South East direction all the way from the Belguim and Netherlands coastline.

As a smaller body of water than its neighbour the North Atlantic, we need low pressure systems to sit in the North Sea to generate the wind, that creates the energy to generate waves and this can happen via big Atlantic storms tracking west either North or South over Scotland and stalling in the North Sea or big Scandinavian low pressures travelling East to West creating surf.

Being based in South East Scotland you soon find out that waves are not guaranteed but the consistency of small surf with a predominant offshore wind pattern make it an excellent place to learn surfing and we have a keen  “frothing” local surf community on tap for the bigger swells that predominantly happen in the Autumn, Winter and Spring  when the coastline provide fun waves for all levels and occasionally light up.

If you’re prepared to travel you can pretty much surf 365 days in Scotland, with the West and North coasts offering high quality surf and consistency all year round.

The Scottish Surf Community started in the 1960’s and has grown steadily but is still really well connected and in general very welcoming to newcomers and tourists a like. Scotland is a very special place to surf and if your lucky enough to score great waves or find amazing surf breaks on your travels its more important than ever to try and follow a digital “no trace policy” where you keep the joy of your excellent surf experience on your wall and information vague rather than sharing images and locations with the world.

Scotland has a lot of what’s really special in surfing and increasingly rare world wide and it be great to keep some of this magic for future generations.  

These forecast links below can help your surfing and paddleboarding decisions. The information is so accurate that it provides excellent daily updates to surf size.

We have made a collective decision not to host a webcam at Belhaven on the surf centre, principally so the south east surf community can still bonus empty surf days along our beautiful coastline.

Surf, Tide & Weather Forecast Websites

Below, we have outlined various links we use to provide up to date local wind, tidal and surf forecasting data.

Surf Lessons

Packages

Mobile Surf Tours

Scoping out the best waves and taking the crew!

Island Surf Tours

Island surf adventures in some of Scotland’s most beautiful places.

North Coast Surf Tours

Incredible beaches and world-class waves.

Find your surf level

Surf coaching can help you improve quickly but it’s important to start at the right level.

We have 4 stages of development: beginner, improver, intermediate and advanced.

The way we teach, where and what we offer varies depending on your level.

Beginner

Ideal for?

  • Those new to the sport of surfing
  • Those who have surfed before but struggle to catch or stand in white water waves

Aims: To have fun surfing safely while developing your technique and knowledge – becoming a white water warrior!

Availability: Daily lessons subject to waves.

Beginner +

Ideal for?

  • Those with experience of surfing white water.
  • Those who can stand up on a surf board

Aims: To have fun surfing safely while developing control, learning speed and turning techniques.

Availability: Daily lessons subject to waves.

Improver

Ideal for? 

  • Those who can catch waves and stand with good posture consistently and in control in white water
  • Those who are surfing unbroken waves but are struggling to catch unbroken waves, trim along or control speed.

Aims: To catch more unbroken waves and surf with control while developing your technique and knowledge. Become a green wave glider!

Availability: Weekly lessons subject to waves.

Intermediate

Ideal for?

  • Those that can surf with control along both big and small unbroken waves.
  • For those that wish to improve their technique on unbroken waves.

Aims: To improve how you surf an unbroken wave going higher, lower, further and deeper. Develop better body dynamics on the board.

Availability: Bespoke surf & surf skate lessons with a senior instructor. Development courses and tours.