The Home of UK Surfing

Thanks to consistent Atlantic swells and beautiful beaches, Cornwall is one of the top European surfing destinations. The region has a rich surfing culture blended with Cornwall’s unique history.

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Best Places to Surf in Cornwall

  1. Fistral Beach, Newquay
  2. Polzeath Beach
  3. Porthcurno
  4. Perranporth Beach
  5. Summerleaze Beach, Bude
  6. Porthleven
  7. Sennen Cove
  8. Gwithian Towans
  9. Constantine Bay
  10. Watergate Bay, Newquay

Fistral Beach, Newquay

Often heralded as the UK’s surf central, Fistral Beach in Newquay offers waves for everyone, from novices to seasoned pros.

Summer months often see 3-5 foot waves which are perfect for intermediates, while winter swells can ramp up to 8-12 feet, challenging even seasoned pros.

There’s ample parking in the adjacent car parks, but be ready for summer crowds.

A sandy haven for beginners, Polzeath boasts consistently gentle waves, making it an ideal learning spot. 

The beach faces the Atlantic and receives consistent swells that form gentle, rolling waves, typically 2-4 feet, creating a supportive learning environment. 

Parking is conveniently close, with the main car park just a stone’s throw away and additional street spaces available.

Polzeath Beach


Known for its dramatic backdrop and south-facing orientation.

Porthcurno can produce 4-6 foot waves on a strong south-west swell. Its sheltered nature means it’s less consistent but offers some incredible surf days.

Nearby parking can be a challenge during theatre events.

A vast sandy expanse that offers a variety of waves.

Perranporth’s waves are most powerful at the northern end, with winter swells reaching 6-8 feet. The beach is versatile, suited for various skill levels.

A spacious beachfront car park serves visitors well.

Perranporth Beach


With its fast, hollow waves breaking over a rocky seabed, Porthleven is strictly for the advanced. Waves can get seriously heavy, reaching 10 feet on a good south-west swell.

Parking in the village requires a bit of a walk down.

A surf spot with a reputation for power.

Renowned for its robust waves ranging from 6-9 feet, Constantine Bay is favoured by the experienced. Winter months, in particular, promise bigger and more challenging waves.

Nearby parking is limited and tends to fill up rapidly on good surf days.

Constantine Bay

Gwithian Towans

Offering a vast sandy playground with a serene surf vibe.

Gwithian’s waves are often mellow but can peak up to 6 feet on solid westerly swells. The beach is spacious, accommodating all skill levels.

Ample parking atop the dunes ensures a quick transition to the waves.

Renowned for its extensive sandy beach, Widemouth Bay caters predominantly to intermediate and experienced surfers.

The Atlantic-facing beach captures consistent swells, producing waves often between 4-8 feet. However, on smaller days, it’s also welcoming for beginners. The bay can see powerful waves during strong westerly swells.

Parking is conveniently adjacent to the beach, making it accessible for surfers carrying gear.

Widemouth Bay, Bude

Sennen Cove

Just a whisper away from Land’s End, being open to the Atlantic ensures regular swells.

Sennen Cove sees consistent 5-7 foot waves in peak seasons, suitable for various levels.

The adjacent parking lot is a boon but fills up quickly during summer.

A vast sandy expanse.

Watergate Bay sees consistent 4-6 foot waves year-round. It’s versatile, welcoming all levels of surfers.

Multiple parking areas nearby make it a prime destination for a hassle-free day out.

Watergate Bay, Newquay

Images from Google Earth 


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