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Surfing in Cornwall

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Cornwall boasts some of the most spectacular beaches in the UK and when the conditions are right many of them offer fantastic surfing at every level - from the complete beginner to the very advanced.


Whether you choose to take to the waves on a longboard, shortboard, kneeboard or simply swim out and bodyboard back in. One thing is for sure, you won't get bored, there is so much fun to be had on and in the water on many of the County's beaches.  


Here are SOME of the Beaches with the Best Surf Cornwall has to Offer:

          - Polzeath                       - Crantock
          - Widemouth                  - Gwithian
          - Harlyn                          - Fistral
          - Mawgan Porth               - Porthtowan
          - Whitsand                     - Sennen
          - Perranporth                  - Constantine Bay
          - Watergate Bay              - Porthleven



First-Time Surfers



To master the basics of this tactical sport it is advisable to invest in surf lessons. They are the best, and most enjoyable, way to get up and running in safety and you will not need to break the bank. You should be able to find a package that includes the hire of a board and wetsuit and will cater for you and your freinds should you decide to visit in a group.


Cornwall can offer you a fine array of surf shops, equipment hire, accomadation suited specifically to the needs of the surfer and the pick of the best surf schools. This combined with the unique, picturesque conditions make Cornwall the surf capitol of the UK.

Here are some Surf Schools in Cornwall:

Global Boarders - Marazion
Ground Swell CIC - Newquay
Lusty Glaze - Newquay
Salt Air Adventures - Newquay
Saltwater Training - Padstow
Surf's Up Surf Company - Polzeath
West Cornwall Adventure - Portreath
Manor House Activity - Wadebridge


Family Surfing



As well as the world-class waves there is often a gentle wave, ideal for beginners and those wanting a mellow day on the waves.


The north coast offers a range of accomodation suited specifically to suite the needs of the surfer. Newquay and Perranporth, for example, are home to many surf lodges and are well served with shops and services that can help your surfing trip to go smoothly whether you need a simple wetsuit, a new board or a repair.


It's important to remember that a surf school is not just for beginners. So from small kids to big kids (we mean you Dad) Cornwall is brimming with talented surf coaches who can teach you how to improve your moves and hone your skills.


Fanatical Surfers



The County offers the sort of world-class waves that make it the venue for competitions. Prevailing winds and sea conditions combine to make Cornwall's north coast the traditional centre of the surf industry.


Some Cornish beaches are so well known for their surf conditions that they bring wave riders in from across the world. Watergate Bay and Fistral Beach, for example, have played host to both national and international championships - the red-letter days of the surfing calander.


Cornwall enjoys a variety of surf types - there are reef breaks and beach breaks spread out along the north and south coasts. With coastline facing three directions the County has surd in almost any weather conditions


There are also surf hot-spots that are out of the way that experienced surfers search to find. When they get there they find the reward of a superb break all to themselves.

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