Thorpe Bay

SUP Thorpe Bay, Southend, Essex

Just east of Southend, Thorpe Bay is a useful mid-tide spot in lighter or northerly winds. Although it’s a good sandy beach lined with upmarket beach-huts, in high summer it’s usually way less crowded than Chalkwell Beach. On an ebb tide, as long as you’re confident the sea breeze won’t build, either hug the shore into Southend and back – or if it’s really flat, take on the loop around the end of the pier?

Because of its particular bathymetry, as an exception to the sensible rules Thorpe Bay is often at its best for SUP at mid-tide. High tide can be good, especially in northerlies, but in any west / south / easterly breeze it can be a bit lumpy for comfort. However, between two and three hours from high tide, the water is usually very flat and waist-deep for miles. Just beware that ebb tide sees a strong current pulling out towards Shoebury, whereas flood tide pushes a gentle current east-west towards Southend. Check out our SUP Weather section for the latest…

Not so good in southerly / westerly winds or on sunny afternoons when an easterly sea breeze often builds. Northerlies blow offshore, so the water stays flat – just be careful not to venture too far offshore into higher winds and stronger tidal currents. Check out our SUP Weather section for the latest…

Loads of ticketed paid parking in bays just across the road from the beach. Public toilets up towards Uncle Tom’s Cabin to the east. Pubs include The Shorehouse to the east or the Toby Carvery to the west…

Pretty easy to find – just follow Eastern Esplanade east from Southend along the seafront keeping the water on your right (!) and park anywhere beyond the mini-roundabout! Our favoured launch is opposite the green just before Thorpe Bay Yacht Club, nearest postcode – SS1 3NW. (Whereas we tend to end our downwinders just beyond Uncle Tom’s, at the slipway by the coastguard station: SS3 9QR)

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