Cornwall is famous for its big waves and surf culture. Its beaches attract the biggest names in surf from around the world.
With Cornwall being the most westerly point of England, its coastline varies greatly. Its south coast is known as the Cornish Riviera, decorated with quaint harbour villages and calm waters. Whereas, it’s dramatic north and west coast sees a rugged coastline that feels the full brunt of the Atlantic Ocean bringing with it the biggest and best waves.
Hit the waves at one of these fantastic surf beaches.
Fistral Beach, Newquay
Europe’s most popular surf beach, Fistral Beach sees tens of thousands of surfers take to the waves each year. The beach provides the perfect waves for all skill levels. At high tide the waves are long and gentle giving the perfect training conditions for novices. In contrast to low tide where the waves are larger and more powerful. This westerly facing beach regularly sees 8ft Atlantic swells. The beach holds numerous surf competitions both National and International, as well as the annual surf festival, Boardmasters.
Best for… All skill levels
You’ll love… the thrill of the infamous Cornwall Cribbar – England’s only big wave spot. With swells reaching up to 30ft and breaking close to a mixture of rocks and inlets, the Cribbar is for very experienced surfers only.
Gwenver Beach, Penzance
The most exposed beach in England, Gwenver Beach is less than 2 miles from Land’s End. With the beach westerly facing it feels the full brunt of the Atlantic Ocean. The waves are best surfed small to medium swell as during winter the beach is out of bounds. Gwenver Beach is only accessible by foot, making it much less crowded than the nearby Sennen Beach.
Best for… Intermediate, Expert
You’ll love… the powerful waves. These solid 6ft swells have the power of the Atlantic Ocean behind them, making them unsuitable for beginners but fantastic for experienced surfers.
Polzeath Beach, Padstow
The Blue Flag Beach of Polzeath is one of the safest beaches along the north coast. Its beautiful sandy beach spans around half a mile in each direction at low tide. The waves here lack power making them perfect for novices.
Best for… Beginners
You’ll love… the long slow breaking waves make the ideal conditions for learning to surf.
Grab your surfboard and let’s go!
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