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North Cornwall Surf Guide

Cornwall is the most popular area for surfing in Britain with good reason. The Atlantic provides a steady supply of west swells, and outside the summer months it’s rare to see completely flat conditions. But although there’s usually swell, offshore winds from the southeast or east are required for really classic conditions.

1. Duckpool, Sandymouth & Northcott.

West-facing beachbreaks with scattered rocks hence usually surfed around low tide. Not suitable for beginners. X Rips when over 3ft, rocks.

2. Bude.

This popular resort’s two town beaches, Crooklets and Summerleaze, both face west and work on most tides. X Rips at low tide when over 3ft.

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3. Widemouth Bay.

Popular west-facing beachbreak. Works from quarter tide up, with waves often improving towards high tide.

4. Bossiney Haven.

Sheltered north-facing beachbreak. Only works on a big swell, around low tide. The beach is submerged above mid tide.

5. Trebarwith Strand.

West-facing low tide beachbreak which is submerged above mid-tide.

6. Polzeath.

Popular west-facing beachbreak, best on a clean swell with light south-easterlies. Works on all tides.

Many thanks to Stephen Quirk from Bude for sending this in.

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