Surfing at Compton Bay

Compton Bay is the best place for surfing on the Isle of Wight, with good beach access from our three car parks (pay-and-display but free to National Trust members).

Lying on the southern shore of the Isle of Wight, the shallow bay receives good waves from the prevailing south westerly winds. 

Compton Bay is excellent for surfers of all abilities, and its different areas are suited to shortboarders and longboarders. The bay is a good place for wind surfing beginners, but Brook Bay to the east is better for intermediates. Kitesurfing is popular here as elsewhere around the island. There are areas to suit all levels of rider, but for safety among swimmers and surfers, we advise you to use Brook Bay.

The Isle of Wight Surf Club is the active club based on the island, and it can offer advice and lessons. We are working with volunteers from the local community, including the Surf Club and Surfers against Sewage and Isle of Wight Beach Cleaning Volunteers, to set up beach cleaning events at Compton Beach each year to help keep the beaches clean. Amey, the Isle of Wight Council’s waste contractor, has generously disposed of the rubbish collected, free of charge.

Best surfing
The best conditions for surfing here are low to mid tides, with winds from the south east or north-north-west, when the swell can be anything from 2 to 5ft.

Surf reports are always available online on the Magicseaweed website: just select surf spot ‘Isle of Wight – Compton’ in the top banner menu.

Please note: there are no regular lifeguards operating in Compton Bay.