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Top Surfing Locations in Cornwall


Cornwall is Britain’s number one surf spot for consistent waves all year round. Located at the very south of the British Isles, Cornwall is perfectly located to catch the incoming surge of swell from the Atlantic Ocean on both north and south coasts.

With waves suitable for all levels of surfing, Cornwall is the perfect destination for the family to give surfing a try for the first time, but also chucks out huge swells exceeding 20 feet for the more experienced adrenaline seekers.

The coasts here are well protected with RNLI lifeguards patrolling the beaches during the holiday seasons, making your surf experience safe and even more enjoyable. There is an array of surf schools across the county offering professional and fun guidance on getting you on your feet and riding with the waves. 



Porthleven is the epitome of Cornish surfing. Being one of the few reefs in Cornwall, it offers a complete contrast to its surrounding beach breaks either side of the coast. Porthleven is renowned as not only as Cornwall’s best wave, but one of the UK’s best.

The fast-breaking hollow tubes are the home of Cornwall’s elite surfers, with huge masses of water crashing over the shallow rocky seabed. The notoriously challenging break is not the spot for the weak hearted, surfers must be fully committed to each take off unless they are looking to wrestle with the rumbling boulders beneath them.

Sennen Cove


Sennen Cove is one of Cornwall’s busiest beaches with beautiful golden sand stretching just short of a mile.

The beach is tucked around the coast from Lands End stunning natural formation and breathe taking views, at Britain’s most westerly point on the mainland. Sennen Cove offers wave riders one of the most consistent breaks across the whole of the UK, with numerous sections along the beach perfect for the varying abilities in the water.

For beginners, Sennen is the place to learn to surf. With two surf schools available from Sennen Surf Centre and Smart Surf, both with experienced instructors and have competed at National level, offering you a fantastic day of fun amongst the waves.

The Cove is protected by well-trained RNLI lifeguards during the main holiday season making the waters much safer to swim and surf. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution at Sennen Cove station has been in operation since 1853, battling against some of the most treacherous swell conditions when facing the full force of the Atlantic Ocean.



Newquay is the renowned home of surfing across the South West, with thousands of holiday makers venturing down specifically for its beaches and surf. With good waves all year round, Newquay encourages surfers from all over and all abilities to strap up, and get in the water. Fistral beach is the annual home to Rip Curl Boardmasters and other international surf competitions throughout the year. The beach contains huge volumes of soft golden sand to set up camp and soak in the competition’s exciting atmosphere.

Newquay is also home to the Kernow’s biggest break, The Cribber. Named after Towan Head’s western rocks, The Cribber is a rarely ridden reef break that can reach heights of over 20 feet in good winter conditions. The exhilarating ride crashes half a mile out to sea and offers local surfers the heavy conditions that replicate that of Hawaii’s world famous waves.  



Porthcurno’s steep facing beach is a personal favourite for body boarders across the county. Its natural sloping banks create surf conditions that are rare to the UK, with its banks working as a natural backwash, colliding with the incoming surge of waves to form a wedge. Winter swells often peak over-head waves with a heavy lip crashing onto the shallow banks, perfect for ‘spongers’ late drop ins and deep barrels.

The iconic landscape is littered with picturesque views and natural formations such as Logan Rock, which is renowned for its 80 ton granite rocking stone at the end of the coast. Porthcurno also homes the Minack theatre, perched in the cliffs overlooking the beach and the captivating Telegraph Museum that reports Cornwall’s pivotal role in global communications.

Dogs are welcome on the beach until the ban takes place between 1st May and 30th September, with a car park only a short walk away. 



Widemouth Bay beach is a very long and open coastal spot, spreading over one and a half miles, that is equally popular with family beach goers and Cornish surfers. The shore here is divided into two separate beaches, the north and the south split by the natural formation of rocks.  The beautiful stretch of sand provides plenty of space in the water and causes the waves to gently break across the bay with a bit of luck from the easterly winds.

With surf lessons available at Freewave Surf Academy it’s a great spot to give surfing a first time try, plus a selection of homely cafes and surf shops to visit after a long day of soaking up the sun. 

Guest writer: Stanley Morris



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