Dungeness point on its day has the potential to offer some great waves for both surfers and stand up paddle surfers. The problem is it does not work that often. Dungeness needs the right conditions and the right tides to make it happen. I paddle surfed Dungeness point recently and a report about that day is in another post. Since then i have been back there on a very windy day. Blown out for surfing and definately blown out for paddle surfing.
The wind on this day i took these pictures was gusting 30mph. So i decided not to paddlesurf dungeness and went for a windsurf around at camber instead. Hopefully though these pictures will give some sort of idea of the potential of Dungeness as a point break.
The best place to launch is up by the fishing boats. There are a couple of mini points that stick out and make for perfect launching spots.
You can actually wait on the beach at Dungeness by the boats and then when you see a set coming just launch and catch one of the set waves. You will though have to walk back up the beach after every 2 or 3 waves though. As trying to paddle back up to where you started from is a fruitless task. Well it was when i paddle surfed here on my Sup. It was a lot easier to come ashore and walk back up. A lot less energetic also.
The best chance to get a surf at Dungeness is when the wind has been blowing from a southerly direction. The big thing to look out for though is spring tides as it has a much better chance of working on springs. Then you want to catch it about half tide on the way down. Just as the ebb tide flows and pushes the waves right up. You wont surf many times a year at dungeness as the conditions have to be just right i for one though will be there with my wave sup to give it a go when it does.
On several occasions i have been at Dungeness point when it has been blowing hard from the south. After high water when the ebb tide starts to run along the beach. It pushes up against the swell and in theory makes a wave that you could ride from where the fishing boats are to all the way down past the lifeboat station.
Today monday the 6th of October has been the first time this autumn that such a wave has had the chance to happen. Unfortunately the wind had not been blowing for that long. So it was never going to be a classic day. My thought was though it would make a good day to give it a go and to try and work out the potential for Dungeness point as a winter wave break that is right on my door step. I forgot to add you also need spring tides for this wave to work. So that when the ebb comes through it runs harder and pushes the waves up higher.
I got there about 2hrs after high water just as the water started to drop down the beach. Still a bit early as the waves were not huge just about chest to shoulder high. So prob got in the water around 2 and 3 quarters after high. i will be honest it was not a classic day. The spot certainly has potential though you add another foot or so on top and the waves should run for ages. Just like i have seen them do in the past but never been in a situation where i could try them out.
I got some shortish rides fairly close in to the beach. That extra foot would of made all the difference then hopefully they would of been working slightly further of the shore line. Wednesday the 8th is looking promising so i intend to have another try then.