aBERDEEN SURF GUIDE
There are four different spots in Aberdeen Beach
Look out for...
Aberdeen Harbour AKA fitties.
Right hand wave breaking over a mixture of rocks and sand
Aberdeen harbour groins.
Tunnels & Northern Groins.
Swells in Aberdeen mainly come from two directions northeasterly (NE) and southeasterly (SE). Because of the direction of the Aberdeen seafront, the swell must contain an easterly component to hit Aberdeen.
Southeasterly (SE) Swells
Tunnels and the river mouth work best in southeasterly swells, offering shallower banks and steeper waves - better for more advanced users. River mouth has some especially strong currents and it is advised to go out with someone familiar and experienced to the spot.
Northeasterly (NE) swells
Aberdeen Harbour and Aberdeen Harbour groins are usually better options in a northeasterly swell. In addition, these two spots are pretty user friendly in comparison as they are less exposed to wind and the strong currents associated with the river mouth and northern groins. Although Aberdeen Harbour breaks over a mixture of sand and rock, the wave form is the best option for beginners - mellow, slow and easy (perfect for learning!). Just be sure to exit the wave safely.
Most of Aberdeen breaks are best on a low-mid tide.
Offshore winds are westerly, and not so common, but luckily Aberdeen can hold many wind directions. In onshore, easterly winds Aberdeen can still produce a fun wave - our best advice is to check out the beach yourself or use the webcams. In strong southerly winds the Harbour is recommended as it's wall offers some protection.
As all breaks have a sandbank component, Aberdeen waves are dependent on the amount of sand and the location of the sandbank. Up-to-date knowledge on where the sandbanks are is key to knowing where the waves will be best in different conditions; so get out as often as you can or try to surf with an experienced local!
Some of the groin structures in Aberdeen are in quite bad condition, and are often covered in water, so beware of this when surfing in between groins. Check out our chapter on rips to learn more about currents created by groins and how to avoid being caught out by them.
Two main websites to check the swell are Magicseaweed and Surf-forecast. Although both are good websites, North Sea swells are often unpredictable and generally forecasts are not guaranteed until 2-3 days in advance. Southeasterly (SE) swells are not well spotted on Magicseaweed, and for that reason you should cross check with Surf-forecast regularly for these swells.