Cornwall Surfing - the real thing

Forget about surfing the net, you get the real thing when you surf in Cornwall

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If you are a serious surfer then it is the North Coast of Cornwall for you. But be warned, get expert advice before you attempt to surf, it can be dangerous, but I guess that is part of the attraction.

Here is a list of the best of the surfing beaches in Cornwall, starting at the north and working round, south to Lands End and east to Devon. If you need any more information try

The Free Ride Surf School has its own site if you want to learn to surf.

I have grouped the beaches in rough areas so that you can find them. There is more detailes infromaation on Cornwall Coast site


Mainly west facing, sandy beaches
Duckpool shingle, faces west, not for beginners
Sandymouth sandy, faces west, not for beginners
Northcott Mouth at Bude, punchy waves, not for beginners unless light surf
Crooklets popular surfing beach with the locals. Some serious stuff
Summerleaze the town centre beach near the harbour breakwater
Widemouth Bay the main surfing beach in this area, all abilities
Crackington Haven works well on a rising tide
Trebarwith Strand west facing. beach break
Again mainly west facing beaches that pick up most swells
Polzeath another popular beach for all abilities of surfer
Hayle a good beach for learners
Harlyn Bay faces north and is about 3 miles west of Padstow
Constantine Bay some reef breaks here that should be avoided by beginners
Trearon best round low tide

Home of British Surfing. Home of the British Surfing Association. It has achieved its renown because there are beaches facing in all directions, because there is a good spread of types of surf for all abilities, and because, with the right conditions it has some really excellent breaks
Mawgan Porth only really works with easterly winds
Watergate Bay sandy, flat and used by learners
Whipsiderry sheltered from SW winds
Newquay Bay 3 sandy beaches, it can be crowded in summer
Fistral the best and most famous surfing beach in Britain.
all the big competitions are held here
Crantock Bay when the conditions are right this gives good surf
Holywell best round low tide
The most southerly of the north coast surfing areas
Perran Bay you have to walk to get there, so it has fewer surfers
Perranporth long sandy beach, with a whole range of surf for all abilities
Penhale Corner if the army are not using the firing range, you can surf here!
Trevaunace Cove faces north, draws crowds when the conditions are right
Chapel Porth tiny beach, only for experts
Porthtowan Beach you can get good tubing waves here
Portreath big swells round the harbour walls for the experts
The West
Once you leave the main surfing areas of the north coast, you have to pick your beaches carefully
Gwithian good surf under most conditions
Carbis Bay crowded in summer, good surf when big swells are running
Porthmeor Beach the beach to surf at St Ives, can be a heavy wave, not for beginners
Sennan Cove bracing, but can be hazardous
Porthcurno only for experts, good in s westerlies
South Coast
Praa Sands best with northerly winds, does not break well at high tide
Porthleven only for the experts
Kennack Sands south east facing, beach breaks
East Coast
Pentewan Beach pretty beach, used by all abilities of surfer
Whitsand Bay for beginners and middle ability surfer

The British Surfing Association have a National Surfing Centre in Newquay - telephone 01 637 850737, or call their national office in Penzance 01 736 60250

The National Surfing Centre in Newquay also offers Surfing Courses for all ages and abilities. By a strange coincidence Corisande Manor Hotel is only 400 yards from Fistral Beach, so a good place to stay for surfing

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The hotel to stay at when visiting Cornwall is Corisande Manor Hotel, Cornwall find out more about it