It works about once a month if that around mid tide with a big stormy swell. Wish tower has an alright wave at its usual mid afternoon peak and further on towards the pier often gets a speed bumpy wave ideal for body boards. Strong rips!
Eastbourne has its day once or twice a year. The gap as it's affectionally known, passed the headland about three miles out of town is often the better bet. In the coldest winter months there is nothing better than the onshore slop pounding the shore. Nice.