Surfing in Cornwall

Cornwall Surfing the Cribbar- sea conditions shown only for experts.

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Cornwall Surfing Beaches

Surf spot

Cornwall has some of the best surfing in Europe. Every surfer has their own favourite Cornwall surfing beach. Generally the beaches around Newquay are reputed to catch the biggest swell with Watergate Bay and Fistral being the two main venues, both with surf schools in situ. Other well known favourite surf spots on the Cornish coast include Chapel Porth near St Agnes, Harlyn, Constantine, Porthtowan and Sennen Cove. Here are some ideas for surfing holidays in Cornwall .

Newquay Surfing

Surf watching Polzeath

Newquay and Polzeath Surfing. Besides some of the most well known surfing beaches in Cornwall, Newquay and Polzeath are also well known for their numerous surf shops from boards to clothing, to surfboard hire, and surf academy. Take a surf holiday, stay at a surf lodge. Book a morning coaching session, or all day surfing tuition.

Surfing in Cornwall - The Schools

Constantine Bay west facing and with very consistent waves

Cornwall has many good Surfing Schools. The more professional ones are usually affiliated to the popular surf beaches, such as Fistral, Newquay and 3 miles along the Coast Watergate Bay, and Chapel Porth, Polzeath, Harlyn Bay, Widemouth further still up the North Cornish Coast. Most of the teachers are not only qualified surfing instructors but also trained surf life-savers. For you own safety before taking tuition check this with the surf academy.

Surfing Tuition

Surf Lessons Sennen

All the Surf Schools will teach beginners using 8ft or 9ft foam boards. They are used because they are safer , more buoyant, and more stable. Some of the schools will then offer intermediate lessons often using mini-mals (small longboards). These are again used for their stability, although being traditionally constructed they are faster through the water, and perform better than swell boards. A few academies even conduct Specialised Clinics, for surfers with more experience. Cover photo an expert at Fistral riding the Cribbar.

Cornwall Surfboard Hire


In addition to being able to hire from specialised outlets all the surf schools and many of the surf shops hire out quality boards and suits. Prices start from £15 a day for foam boards for the learner and improver. Surfboard Hire. Mini mals, shortboards and longboards from £20 a day. Body boards from £20 a day. Wetsuits from £12 a day. Gloves, boots, hoods and fins can also be hired.

Cornwall Beach Safety

Cornwall Beach Safety. Before you enter the water think Safety on the Beach. Know the local conditions, know your limits. Wear suitable clothing. Hire suitable equipment. Take advice from experts. Follow the surf reports. You use and act on this, or refrain from acting upon this, information entirely at your own risk.

Sunset at Polzeath

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