Longsands has developed a national reputation as surf destination and has staged national championships. It is a great place to learn to surf with lessons and board hire available. Try stand up paddle boarding, a new sport, that is increasingly popular. The beach has even been used for premier League football training by Newcastle United and has featured in the Hollywood movie "Goal". It is one of the most painted and photographed beaches in the country and the view looking north is breathtaking.
In the summer beach lifeguards operate and there are seasonal restrictions on dogs.