Surfing Cornwall

Surfing In Cornwall

The area around St Ives is ideal for surfers looking for good, punchy consistent waves.If your in St Ives your a short walk from the main Beach and all of the best surfing spots are a short drive away from the Garrack.

Creating Waves

Far out at sea, friction from the wind causes the surface water to move in ripples which eventually form full waves. The stretch of ocean water over which the wind blows is called the fetch. It is for this reason that the waves are large in Cornwall and generally great for surfing!

A Few Surfing Spots

Porthtown Beach

Take a drive from the Garrack Hotel and you can find some great surfing spots. Porthtowan has a good sized car park  next to the beach and is a popular place to visit for its good waves.You can find a bar and restaurant right near to the beach itself with a great view and a good atmosphere. Porthtowan has a good quality beach break but can get busy, particularly in high season. During high tide the cliffs protect the beach from the incoming wind. Porthtowan has a longstanding reputation for surf activity, with a long history going back many years.

Gwithian And Godrevy

Godrevy has a good step up for those who fancy more of a challenge. Be warned though, as at high tide the waves break into the rocks at the top of the beach. There are a several of surf schools operating along the long stretch of beaches, so it’s ideal for beginners, but also popular with experienced surfers. Gwithian has a large council car park, which is pay and display so you will need to make sure you put enough money on your ticket if you are planning a long surf.

Porthmeor

Just a quick walk from the Garrack is Porthmeor, a popular beach for surfers and surf schools, along with the St Ives surf lifesaving club. Parking close to the beach can be difficult but on-street parking is possible if you don’t mind a short jog down to the beach from higher up in town.

Creating Waves

Far out at sea, friction from the wind causes the surface water to move in ripples which eventually form full waves. The stretch of ocean water over which the wind blows is called the fetch. It is for this reason that the waves are large in Cornwall and generally great for surfing!