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South Cornwall Surf Guide

South Cornwall is a fantastic spot to surf and tends to be quieter than West & North Cornwall which suffer from the crowds associated with Newquay and Bude amongst other traditional resorts. Outside of summer, you may have to brave some inclement weather, but the rewards for the hardy surfer more than compensate for this.


Sheltered by the mighty headland of Pedn-men-du, Sennen Cove is tucked into the southeast corner of Whitesand Bay which is home to the equally awesome Gwenver Beach to the northeast. This one of the most consistent spots in the UK and, to cap it all, it’s bloody beautiful. Just around the headland is Porthcurno, one of the few spots in the county which can make use of northwest winds. It is not suitable for beginners however as it only works on very low tides. Further along again, Newlyn Harbour is a sheltered spot which can also make the most of winds which are onshore for the rest of Cornwall although it only breaks on the biggest of swells.


Praa Sands & Perranuthnoe face south west and are best in northerly winds which, combined with a decent swell, can produce decent waves at higher stages of the tide. However, these spots pale into insignificance when compared to Porthleven. Although it doesn’t get good here very often, when conditions match up, this reefbreak can hold huge waves which are strictly for experts only. Be warned.

On the southeast of the Penwith peninsula, Kennack Sands, Falmouth and Pentewan all face southeast and only work on huge south west swells or shortlived south east swells. Whitsand Bay is the last spot in Cornwall and is a truly beautiful spot. Although not the easiest trek down, this southwest facing bay has a number of breaks which can offer decent waves at low tide.

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