If it’s surfing you fancy then Compton Bay is the Isle of Wight’s hotspot. The beach is owned by the National Trust and there are three car parks nearby so you can access the waves without fuss. The island’s southern shore juts defiantly into the channel so it enjoys some fairly impressive swell, and Compton Bay is a favourite with surfers of all levels.
Shortboarders and longboarders are able to enjoy the waves at Compton thanks to its different areas, and we have to say that the views add to the atmosphere too. The swell can reach between 2 and 5 feet during low to mid tides with winds from SE to NWW and the bay is popular with wind surfers too (especially beginners). If you want more of a challenge we’d recommend heading to Brook Bay instead as it’s safer for bathers and surfers.
Compton Bay isn’t only the best spot for surf on the Wight, but if you’re lucky you might find a momento in the form of a fossil to remember your day by! You might see the wreck of the tug Carbon offshore too, and it’s been quietly rusting away in the water for more than 65 years now.
There’s no lifeguard service at this beach.