Surfing and Water Sports in Cornwall

Dive into Cornwall's world-class waves and embrace the thrill of surfing and water sports. From renowned surf breaks to sheltered coves, this coastal paradise offers an exhilarating playground for water enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a curious beginner, Cornwall's vibrant surf culture and diverse watersports scene will leave you with unforgettable memories.

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SSS Surf School

On the water

Immerse yourself in the heart of Cornwall's surfing and watersports scene, where the rhythmic crashing of waves sets the stage for adrenaline-fueled adventures. Ride the swells of iconic surf spots such as Fistral Beach or Polzeath, or dive into an array of exhilarating watersports like paddleboarding, kayaking, or coasteering. With a variety of schools, rental facilities, and knowledgeable instructors, Cornwall caters to all skill levels, ensuring an unforgettable experience for everyone seeking thrills and oceanic bliss.

Surfing in Cornwall

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Beaches

Polzeath Beach

A destination often overshadowed by its busy neighbour Padstow, Polzeath Beach serves as one of the north coast’s best surfing destinations, and is a real Cornish gem.

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Fistral Beach

Say the word Fistral to any avid surfer and you can guarantee their eyes will widen in awe. Families love it too!

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Embracing Cold Water Waves

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Koru Kayaking

I thoroughly enjoyed my kayak tour from St Agnes with Isaac as my tour guide, he was pleasant, very informative and made sure that everyone was safe and involved. I would highly recommend this tour. We kayaked close to the rocky shoreline and saw seals around the coast and plenty of seabirds.

Shaun C - TripadvisorReview of Koru Kayaking

Enjoy world-class waves and exhilarating water sports activities on your next visit to Cornwall. Browse our listings and plan the perfect day on the water.

  • **According to MagicSeaweed.com **

    Whitsand Bay is good for surfing when a swell rolls in from the west. Good banks can be found all along the bay but are best below Freathy where the beach is watched over by lifeguards.

    Access to the area below Tregantle Fort is regulated by the military (firing range) and closed when red flags flying.

    Best from low to mid tide. September - February are best when the big swells roll into the Channel.

    Parking and access can be tricky with only a few small car parks set back from the beach.

    Beware of rip currents, especially for beginners.

  • With headlands sheltering it somewhat from the worst of the south-westerly winds, Porthmeor makes for a fantastic place to catch some clean, sizeable waves, with much less chop in the water than some of its nearby counterparts.

  • West-facing Porthtowan Beach is well regarded for its Atlantic swell, with perfect curling waves when the conditions are right. On these days the surf might be a bit too much to handle for a beginner, but when the wind isn't so strong Porthtowan is a fantastic place to learn to surf.

  • You are spoilt for choice? All the way down the coast, North Cornwall is blessed with long sandy beaches. Take a look at our Beach pages to find your favourite, be it for surfing, rock pooling or just lazing in the sunshine?

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