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The best summer surfing spots in Cornwall

Cornwall is known for having some of the best surfing spots in the UK, and with nearly 200 beaches you’ll be spoilt for choice. Whether you are curious to try your hand at this exciting sport for the first time or are eager to back back to the waves, here are some of the best spots for you to get your fix of sun, sand and surf.

Fistral Beach, Newquay

Fistral Beach is an award winning surfing spot and is recognised as one of the best beaches for surfing in the UK. It’s close by to the popular area of Newquay and sees consistently good waves that reach as high as eight feet. It’s no wonder that it holds large competitions in the summer! Whether you are a novice, expert, or simply want to watch the pros at work, Fistral Beach is worth a visit.

View over Fistral beach towards the Headland Hotel, photo credit Paul Watts via Visitnewquay.org

Duckpool, Bude

Unlike safe and popular Fistral Beach, Duckpool is a spot only suitable for seasoned surfers. This small beach sits at the foot of the rocky cliffs in Northern Cornwall, and can be hazardous due to its rocky shallows. However, it is a beautiful and remote beach where you’ll be able to have the surf to yourself, just be sure to check the forecast before travelling and pack some food with you.

Duckpool Beach, photo credit nationaltrust.org

Sennen Cove Beach, Penzance

Near to Lands End, Sennen Cove Beach is a brilliant place to take your surfboard. There are consistent waves that are suitable for anyone, and beginners can take lessons with the Sennen Surfing Centre of Smart Surf School. The area surrounding the beach is equally as attractive, and after you are done in the water you’ll be able to grab something to eat in the little fishing village which is within walking distance from the beach.

Photo credit: Thanet District Council via Visitnewquay.org

Porthtowan, Truro

The waves at Porthtowan pack a punch due to its Atlantic swells, making this a thrilling surfing spot for those looking for a challenge. Because of the powerful and big waves, this probably isn’t the best place to go if you are a beginner, but you may still want to visit for the cafes and pubs nearby.

Porthtowan Beach, photo credit Adam Gibbard via visitcornwall.com

Polzeath Beach, Padstow

Those who are new to surfing will find Polzeath Beach the ideal place to try it out. The waves here are consistently long and slow making it safe for everyone, and because of its beautiful sandy shores you’ll enjoy taking sun bathing breaks as much as being in the water.

Polzeath Beach, photo credit John Such via visitcornwall.com

Godrevy, Hale

This surfing spot is a step up from Polzeath in terms of power, and is equally popular for those starting out. Luckily, its popularity should affect your chances of getting some good waves as the peak shifts around.

Godrevy Beach, photo credit cornwall-beaches.co.uk

Constantine, Falmouth

With 3 surf spots in one, Constantine gives you plenty of variety depending on what type of surfing you want to do. The main beach is long and sandy, with two adjoining spots; the Slab and the comically named Booby’s Bay, which is great for bodyboarders too! Although this beach looks like a safe place to surf, there are hidden hazards like reefs and rips that you need to be careful of.

Constantine Bay Beach, photo credit cornwalls.co.uk