MY Best Beaches To Surf

We’ve made a list of all our favourite spots to surf in Cornwall, to make it easier for you to quickly find the best spots that appeal to you and are right for your ability. Remember to check the surf conditions before heading out in order to get the best experience possible!

 

Polzeath

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Polzeath is the perfect place for both beginners and pros to enjoy. Be prepared as it has one of the largest paddle outs in Europe, which may be a struggle for inexperienced surfers on the bigger days – but you can still have fun catching waves in the white water!

 

Fistral

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fistral is one of the UK’s most famous surfing beaches, and for good reason. It’s positioning gives it great, consistent waves all year long, but this does mean the breaks are usually fairly busy.

 

Watergate Bay

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This is a great beach for long boarders and beginners in the summer, with long gentle waves that stretch across the whole two-mile beach. But in the winter is when the swell really picks up and provides great waves for experienced surfers to enjoy.

 

Mawgan Porth

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mawgan Porth is a popular beach, due to its proximity to Newquay and that you can also get great surf whatever the tide is doing and receives consistent surf all year round.

 

Trebarwith Strand

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Trebarwith Strand is an excellent rocky beach, in North Cornwall. The waves here are generally pretty consistent, but if you’re surfing near the beach watch out for the pretty big shore dump, that my send you flying!

 

Perranporth Beach

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Perranporth tends to have smaller surf than any other beaches on this list and is generally pretty choppy. However, when the wind is in the right direction the waves are ideal for those still perfecting the craft.

 

Porthmeor Beach

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This is one of the most picturesque surfing beaches, you’ll find in Cornwall, set near St Ives and is a must for surfers to experience. The beach is overlooked by the classic seaside cottages, which Cornwall is famous for. The waves here are significantly better in winter, during the larger swells with it being quite a sheltered spot.

 

Sennen Beach

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Located two miles from Lands’ End, Sennen is one of the most reliable places to surf due to its westerly position. There is a nice range of peaks that vary in size along the whole beach meaning there’s something which every level of surfer can enjoy.

 

Gwithian Beach

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re searching for a slightly quieter break Gwithian is a great place. Having consistent waves all year round, along almost 4 miles of beach there’s always an empty peak you can enjoy.

 

Summerleaze

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This is a great beach for all levels as the waves here tend to be on the gentler side, but there is also a reef that can provide a more challenging wave. This beach is usually pretty busy in the summer months due to its close proximity to Bude.

 

Praa Sands

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Praa Sands is located on the South Coast, with a consistent number of good waves all year. Due to this the peaks are usually pretty crowded, meaning it is probably more enjoyable if you’re an experienced surfer who can navigate through the crowds.

 

The Cribbar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Cribbar is notoriously the best place to surf in Cornwall during the large, winter swells. You should only attempt to surf here is you have a high level of experience. Found just outside of Newquay, this reef creates big waves that attract some of the World’s best big wave surfers year after year. Even if you aren’t planning on heading in, if you’re fortunate enough to be visiting Cornwall during one of these swells, you can sit on the cliffs and watch – making for a brilliant day out!