Surfing is a popular pastime here in Cornwall, and if you
are on holiday in Cornwall you may be planning to hit the surf or maybe learn
to surf for the first time. Well, you’ve come to the right place and you’re
spoilt for choice, especially from our home in Portreath. We can organise
lessons and guides to take you on a surf safari or get you or your children
stood up for the very first time.
On our doorstep are some of the finest surfing beaches in
the UK, and for the adventurous and knowledgeable some amazing ‘secret spots’.
Here is a rundown of some nearby beaches to get in the sea and get hooked on
surfing in Cornwall.
Portreath – Just down the hill from our home here at Gwel an
Mor. The left side of the beach is great for learning, whilst the right side (along the pier) is a notorious rock bottomed wave. Beginners are best to keep
to the sandy side of this beautiful beach, where a more gentle wave can be
found, perfect for paddling into your first waves. It is lifeguarded through
the main season and has a car park and plenty of other facilities (although you
can run up the hill if you’re staying with us!)
Godrevy & Gwithian – Just ten minutes along the coast
road is the National Trust managed Godrevy Beach. Take in the scenery and
marvel at seals and the lighthouse, but more importantly, ride some of the best
waves in Cornwall. From Godrevy to Hayle river mouth is four miles of golden
sand with waves for everyone. There are lifeguards and surfboard hire
available, as well as some excellent cafes and a lovely pub at Gwithian. The
waves are suited for beginners and experts alike, with plenty of space to
spread out and enjoy this incredible stretch of coast with far reaching views
to St Ives in the West.
Porthmeor – This beach in St Ives boasts one of the more
unusual backdrops, the Tate St Ives Gallery! In terms of surfing it is a great
spot for learning and perfecting your surfing skills. Lifeguarded through the
main season it offers more gentle waves in the middle of the beach, as well as
more critical powerful waves off the rocks at either end of the beach. The
crystal clear waters and renowned St Ives light make this a magical spot to
surf – well worth an early rise for a ‘dawny’ or sunrise session, or at the
other end of the day. You can reward yourself with a drink in any of the
numerous great bars and pubs.
Porthtowan – A little East of our base at Portreath this
beach is hugely popular with surfers with good reason. It offers some of the
best waves in the county, whilst also being safe for learners. The beach is
truly magnificent, with lifeguards on hand. If you want to find some quieter
waves, you can at low tide head East or West along the sand to other beaches
such as Chapel Porth – be aware that the tide WILL come back – make sure you
know when you need to return!
Praa – On the South Coast, near to St Michaels Mount is Praa
Sands. It’s a huge expanse of perfect white sands that is lifeguarded
throughout the season. There is surfboard and wetsuit hire available as well as
the much needed bar and cafe! The waves are suited to all abilities, with the
more challenging waves situated to the right of the beach. Where the lifeguards
mark with chequered flags will be more forgiving and offer gentle waves, the
perfect starting point for a life-long passion for surfing in Cornwall!