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Best Beaches for Surfing in Cornwall

With over 300 beaches in the county, it’s no surprise that some of the best surfing sports in the UK are in Cornwall. Surfers flock to Cornwall from all across the world to surf the county’s most popular surfing beaches. Here are some of the most popular beaches for wave-riding, whether you’re an amateur or master surfer!


Fistral Beach

Without a doubt one of the most famous surfing beaches across the world, Fistral Beach is number 1 on our list for the best beaches for surfing in Cornwall. Located in Newquay, Fistral is said to produce some of the most powerful and hollow waves in the county. The beach faces West North West, creating perfect surfing conditions! The beach offers surfers of all abilities a taste of world class surfing. For experienced surfers, stepper and faster waves are found at low tide. For beginners, the most suitable waves are found at higher tides, with gentle rolling green waves.

Best Surfing Beaches | Fistral

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Perranporth Beach


Stretched across 2 miles of white sandy beach, Perranporth Beach is one of Cornwall’s most popular beaches for surfing. Located on the north coast of Cornwall, this beach picks up plenty of swell, creating fantastic conditions for surfing. As the stretch of beach is quite exposed, the conditions for surfing are often best in summer. The conditions in winter can be quite dangerous, with large swells and exposure to strong winds. For the best surfing conditions, head to Perranporth Beach during the summer!

Best beaches to surf | Perranporth

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Porthmeor Beach


Porthmeor Beach is located in sunny St Ives. The best time for surfing at this beach is during winter, with the most clean and surfable waves typically found in December. These are the best conditions for experienced surfers. If you’re visiting St Ives during summer and you’re looking learn how to surf, Porthmeor Beach is a great beach to go to! The waves may be considered too small for most experienced surfers, but the conditions can be great for beginners!

Porthemeor | Surfing in Cornwall


Sennen Cove Beach


Sennen Cove Beach is less than 2 miles from Land’s End, which is the westernmost point of England. This beach picks up a good amount of NW swells, but also southerly swells, due to its location. It’s a great beach for surfers of all abilities, dependant on the time of year. The best time for surfing Sennen Cove is during April, where the most consistent clean waves are found.


Sennen | Surfing Spots in Cornwall


Porthtowan Beach


This popular beach is great for confident surfers. At most states of tide, it has a good quality beach break and punchy waves. the high cliffs either side of the beach provide some shelter for surfers at high tide. At low tide, the Porthtowan can produce some serious waves, as it joins up with Lushingtons to the south of the beach. It has fairly consistent surf throughout the year, however the best time of the year to surf Porthtowan is said to be February. Surfers are warned to be careful of rip currents at Porthtowan Beach.

Porthtowan | Surfing Beaches in Cornwall


Widemouth Bay


Widemouth Bay in Bude stretches out across over 1.5 miles and is popular amongst surfers of all abilities. At low tide, this beach is great for beginners, with smaller waves to practice on.  The beach offers a variety of waves at different peaks of tide. At mid to high tide, more experienced suffers benefit from good, hollow waves to the right of the beach. Surfers must be careful of the submerged rocks, which also form a reef at the southern end of the beach.

Widemouth Bay | Surfing in Cornwall


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