The winter storms have finally ended it’s a beautiful Sunday and Brighton and Hove has come out into sunshine. On the seafront thousands are running the half marathon, taking photos of West Pier or walking the dogs and kids.
In the shadow of Shoreham Power Station twenty or so surfers bob up and down watching for waves. The surf break is Hot Pipes named after the jetty where the station discharges cooling water.
The surf is between six and eight foot and come in clusters but many of the surfers are paddling in.
Chris a regular said: “ It’s because of the shore dump. It’s good here from low to mid tide but after that the wave just dumps.”
Waves break when their height is almost equal to the water depth. Brighton’s beach shelves deeply. The waves hit the shallows and crash.
Chris said: “When you ride one it just drops from beneath your feet and you end up in knots.”
The Brighton shore-dump is why relatively few kite and windsurfers use the city’s beaches and those that do are pretty good but even experts can have problems.
There are three surf breaks around Brighton and Hove the best on the east side of the Marina has a reputation for localism, the most well known is next to West Pier but Hot Pipes is the most popular.
Chris says it’s a friendly place and six to eight foot waves at Hot Pipes is not so big.