Devon and Cornwall are home to the some of the best surfing locations in the country. From the sandy stretches of South Cornwall to the big swell beach breaks of North Devon, the South West definitely has its fair share of surfing havens. Whether you’re just starting out, or a wave-master, here are a few of the region’s best surfing spots…
Best for beginners
North Devon is one of the most surfed areas in the UK, and there’s a reason for it. With consistent west-facing beach breaks, the beaches quickly become a bustling scene of surfers trying to make the most of the big swells in the summer months.
Croyde and Woolacombe are great for beginners and long-boarders. The vast stretches of surf mean you needn’t worry about colliding with the pros, and there are a number of top surf schools to choose from.
Newquay, North Cornwall
Thousands of people visit this lively seaside town every year just for the chance to catch a few waves at some of the most famous beaches in the country.
Fistral and Watergate Bay may not be popular places with the locals during the summer months, but they are two of the best places to surf for an inexperienced rider. Both beaches are well equipped for surfers; offering excellent surf schools, great surf shops and handy facilities.
Surf schools are easy to come by if you’re near a beach in Devon or Cornwall. A quick Google search will tell you which ones are closest to you and what deals/packages they offer. A one-on-one or group session can really help beginners feel more confident out on the water. Important information and insider tips will ensure you’re surfing safely and correctly.
Remember: No matter how confident you are, stay safe in the water and use a lifeguarded beach!
Intermediate / difficult
With the South West coastline covering more than 600 miles, there’s a huge range of surf spots for all abilities, including experienced surfers. From small coves to long stretches of coastline, here are just a few worth checking out if you’re looking for a challenge.
Porthleven, West Cornwall
Porthleven is a reef-break, which means it provides some of the best barrels in Cornwall. But be warned, this surfing spot definitely isn’t one for the faint hearted. The powerful waves pumping into the harbour mouth can sometimes cause it to be crowded, but it’s worth it for those swells.
Sennen Cove, West Cornwall
Recently revealed as one of the top 10 places in the world to catch waves, Sennen Cove is almost guaranteed to have a good surf when everywhere else in the South West is flat.
As it is the most westerly beach in Cornwall, Sennen Cove is incredibly exposed and therefore offers one of the most consistent breaks across the country. There’s great swell here almost all year round – just make sure you’ve got your thickest wetsuit on for those winter months!
Lynmouth, North Devon
Not only is Lynmouth famous for its cliff railway it also has one of the best surf point breaks in the UK at its beautiful westerly bay. Just a stone’s throw from Exmoor National Park, Lynmouth Bay’s fast boulder break is known for being an excellent left-hand point break. This spot is most certainly for the more experienced surfers!