Where are the best surfing beaches in the UK?

Activity, Watersports

We have compiled a list of the UK’s best beaches suitable for beginners’ right through to expert level, so there’s no need to find yourself in a sticky situation, choose a beach that’s just right for what you want.

Watergate Bay, Cornwall

This fantastic beach in Cornwall has a whole two miles of beach at low tide and is the perfect place to learn to surf. Borrow a board from a hire centre or book a lesson with the local surf school, either way, it won’t take long until you’re standing up and catching small waves. This beach has lifeguard cover from May to September and you’ll be surrounded by learners of all ages, so there’s no need to feel intimidated. Watergate Bay has a friendly atmosphere and you can share your achievements with those around you!

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Croyde, Devon

No matter how experienced you are, Croyde always manages to through up a challenge. Master surfers will gravitate to Down End at the southern reaches, filtering through to novices in the middle of the beach. With a mostly sandy bottom, the rocks at the both ends ensure a good swell in most weathers. There’s even an excellent point break past north end for the particularly athletic. There’s no end of surf schools and shops to buy or rent the apparel. The dune systems here and at Saunton Sands are some of the best around too. This beach has lifeguard cover from April to September.

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Pease Bay, Scotland

This is one of the most popular breaks in Scotland and is at the heart of the growing Scottish surf scene. As well as there being a good beach break, there’s also a more challenging reef for advanced surfers, perfect for if you’re heading to the coast with a group. There has been a huge increase in the popularity of surfing at Pease Bay so you’ll be learning alongside lots of other novices, which is sometimes the best way to learn.

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Sennen Cove, Cornwall

This is the place to go when everywhere else is flat. Sennen has fairly consistent surf most of time, given its exposed location and holds good sized waves, even on a quiet day. There’s a great surf hire centre right on the beach offering lessons and equipment hire, as well as BSA courses and group sessions. Get a group of friends together and hit the waves!

Bantham/Bigbury, Devon

This South Devon beach picks up more swell than any other in the local area and is ideal for intermediate riders, just keep an eye out for the rip on the east side. Locals say it’s a lot friendlier than many of the South West’s other breaks and there’s not a problem asking the resident surfers for a few tips.

Fistral, Cornwall

This is one the South West’s most popular surfing beaches and attracts hordes of holiday makers as well as locals. It’s best for intermediate surfers but does hold some challenges for the experts too. Just be mindful of beginners - the sea will be crowded in the height of summer and many will be inexperienced. Located in Newquay, post-surf, there are an abundance of shops and cafes to visit, and the town has a vibrant nightlife.

Llangennith, Wales

Home to the Welsh Surfing Federation, Llangennith is the ideal place for intermediate surfers. This three-mile sandy beach right in the heart of the Gower, South Wales, has a friendly vibe and the locals are always keen to help out other surfers. As well as being a very safe beach, Llangennith also has a truly chilled out vibe, making it the perfect place to relax with a group of friends.

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Thurso East, Scotland

For serious surfers, this beach offers some of the best surfing the UK and Scotland has to offer. The slate shelf is pretty unforgiving and it is isolated but on a good day, you’ll score some amazing waves here. The waves are best on a north-west swell when it will hold waves of triple overhead or higher! Only surf here if you really know what you’re doing, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

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Porthleven, Cornwall

A legend of British surfing! Porthleven is well known for the reef just beyond the harbour walls and, on a good day, creates fantastic tubes, and waves often crash over the harbour wall which stands at 30 feet high. Again, only paddle out if you know what you’re doing. Porthleven gets busy on a day with decent swell and the pro surfers won’t appreciate looking out for novices. If you don’t fancy braving it, there’s some spectacular viewing to be had!

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Posted by Ed on 24th March 2017