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Top 5 Surf Spots in Cornwall

Posted on October 16 2015

Porthmeor Beach at Sunset, St Ives. Cornwall. 

Cornwall isn’t just renowned for its pasty’s and laid-back living, it’s also known for its waves.

As a motherland for UK Surfing - this out of way coastal gold mine has been used by some of the biggest surfers in the country and to travelers from across the globe. It has boasted some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is known for its crystal blue waters and various ciders.

Some days, it is certainly not for the faint hearted, the Atlantic water is beautiful but brisk, and the harsh winds can give you and your board a fair challenge - but if you’re up for it, here are some of the top 5 spots to visit when you grace this surfing haven.


  1. Fistral, Newquay – Perhaps Cornwall’s most famous surf beach, home to several national and international competitions and even built with its own museum for surfing and a judge’s suite, Fistral Beach is situated in the iconic town of Newquay. Facing west of the Atlantic, Fistral is known for its suitable and consistent surfing conditions. It also plays host to Cornwall’s famous Boardmasters Festival.


  1. Gwithian, Godrevy – Part of Cornwall’s longest beach, this three mile stretch of gold gives you a perfect view of the St Ives Bay as well as the famous Godrevy Lighthouse. Gwithian has an ever changing temper, one day she will be calm, tender and perfect for longboards and beginners, the next she will basically be daring you to come in and try her swells. This is a perfect beach for out of the way surfing, away from the shops and the regular tourist trade and with a surf club based throughout the year.


  1. Porthmeor, St Ives – If you’re ever looking for surfing and a view, this is the spot. Located on the west side of St Ives town, evening surfing on Porthmeors waves watching the sun slip into the horizon is possibly one of the most stunning surf’s you’ll ever have. With St Ives and the Tate Gallery mere seconds away, it has been a notable beach amongst surfers and artists for decades.


  1. Sennen Cove, Sennen – Located approximately one mile from Land’s End, this beach is more sheltered than its neighbouring beach Gwenvor, which is more exposed to winds and high swells, and is popular amongst local and non-local surfers


  1. Porthleven – If you want to really get off the tourist route, Porthleven will test your skills. It is argued to have the best right hand break in the UK and is a hot spot for experienced and brave surfers as its rip tides can at times be dangerous. If you’re a novice perhaps this time it’s best to sit this one out and take the role of spectator from the pier wall.


Surfing in Cornwall is definitely something to have on your bucket list, regardless if you’re a pro or not.
And don’t forget to have a pasty whilst you’re down there too.

Blog by Alex Saunders

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