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Cornwall’s Best Surfing Beaches

With so many glorious beaches it is not surprising that surfing is a hugely popular pastime for residents of Cornwall, it is also an activity that many on holiday want to sample and get to grips with. It’s a great sport that keeps you fit, gets you outside and in the ocean and lets you appreciate Mother Nature at her very best.

If you are planning on catching a few waves on holiday in
Cornwall then the following beaches might be of interest to you. Most of them
have resident surf schools which can teach you the ropes before hitting the
water. Stay safe and only go in the water on lifeguarded beaches!

Godrevy & Gwithian

Just a few miles from our home in Portreath is St Ives Bay.
There are miles of golden sand here offering great waves for surfers of all
abilities and also being home to a number of great surf schools. Often you’ll
spot seals and dolphins in the water here too!


In the shadow of the Tate St Ives gallery is Porthmeor
beach. It’s a beautiful little beach that has a resident surf school providing
all the equipment and knowledge you need to be riding on the crest of a wave in
no time at all. The waves here can pack a punch from time to time, so make sure
you are safe and stick to areas marked by seasonal lifeguards.

Praa Sands

20-minutes away from us on the south coast are the golden
sands of Praa. There is ample parking and facilities alongside surf and
stand-up paddleboard schools meaning you can enjoy the gentle south coast waves
under excellent tutelage.

Sennen & Gwenver

Two of the most picturesque beaches in the world. Sennen
cove and Gwenver are well renowned for their great surfing waves. The waves
here are suitable for beginners and experts alike. Out in the water there will
often be dolphins and out of the water there are some great places to grab some
refreshment after a surf.


Miles of golden sand stretching from Perranporth to Penhale
that offer plenty of space and waves for surfers of all abilities. After
catching a few waves you’ll find the UK’s only pub on a beach…..refresh those
tired arms and legs with some local ale or cider whilst soaking up the beach


Some would argue that this is the true home of British
surfing. Pioneers of surfing in the UK based themselves in Newquay and
generations have continued to enjoy the amazing waves that Fistral beach throws

The Cribbar

This isn’t a regular surf spot, but is definitely one of the
best to watch others surf. Huge waves break off rocks in front of Towan Head
creating some of the most spectacular surfing in Cornwall. This is a ‘big wave’
spot which is purely for experts of the highest order. If it’s stormy whilst you’re
here then you might witness this spectacle.

If you are on holiday with us and fancy a go at surfing let
us know and we’ll ensure you are booked in with a great local surf school. 


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