Currently being in University in York I haven't usually got the time or resources to go to the sea much, but last weekend was an exception. I found myself at a respite and therefore decided that it was the perfect time to go the Scarborough, and go for a surf. My wet suit is up here so all I would need was board hire and so last Saturday i decided to go to the beach. I checked all the reports a week before and the consecutive days after that. The waves weren't too big on the report, mainly between 3-4 ft, however I was going to teach someone to surf while there so it would be perfect conditions to teach in.
Scarborough boarders the North Sea and so I knew it was going to be cold, but i thought the adrenaline of finally surfing again would make it better. So when we arrived, we headed straight for the beach to assess what the conditions were like. In one word it was flat. Completely flat. No waves were in sight. It was a disaster, however we made good of a bad situation and went on a coastal walk instead and looked around Scarborough for a while and hoped that the conditions would improve later. They didn't. The maximum height was around 1 ft from the looks of it. So as we had our wet suits we decided to go for a swim. I quickly learnt that just going for a swim in the North Sea in February was not the best idea I'd ever have. It was freezing. If I'd taken boots and gloves, it would have probably been alright, but I didn't, and so my hands and feet were in agony. Next time I go to Scarborough I'll go in the summer with gloves and boots. Until then, I'll just wait to be back in Wales, where the sea isn't as cold and I'm more likely to get a good swell. I think I hear Porthcawl calling, not too long now.