For many years, when you think of watersports and North Tyneside you think of surfing on Longsands. There is no disputing that it is a great surf beach, probably the best locally. We use it ourselves for all of our surf activities. But all the things that make it a great surf beach also make it not-so-great for many other water-based activities. The beach is long and lacks shelter from swell, it is also prone to sudden rip current formation, so knowing where and when to bathe can be tricky.