SURFING FOR BEGINNERS- FIVE BEACHES TO RIDE THE WAVES!
25 March 2014
Part of the attraction of Cornwall cottages by the sea for visitors comes as no surprise to many people, especially as we head into the warmer, sunnier months. The award-winning beaches and waters here are a popular place for visitors to get their wetsuits on and give the worldwide sport of surfing a go for themselves. Cornwall has an abundance of superb beaches with sublime waves for the novice to give it a try.
There are plenty of beaches close by to us here at The Valley- here are five of the best.
Towan Beach, Newquay
Towan beach is the probably the least talked about beach in the whole of Newquay given its well-known neighbours- the likes of Fistral for example. Towan is a great beach in its own right though, and when it’s mid tide it’s just lovely for the beginner. Enjoy an effortless paddle out via the harbour past the break water as the surf breaks off the harbour wall. You can expect to enjoy a not overly powerful break that rarely finds itself getting crowded due to the fact that only certain conditions bring the waves to this beach- but when it does it’s just perfect for beginners and novices alike.
Gwithian near St Ives
Gwithian is a nice quiet spot set in the middle of nowhere near St Ives. Gwithian is the friendlier, slightly tamer younger relative of Godrevy. You can get to the water with access through the dunes. This beach offers safe waters with very infrequent rips of any risk. A bonus of this beach comes via the space it has. There’s simply plenty of it for everyone to learn the sport and you won’t have to worry about getting in anyone’s way. More experienced surfers will tend to stay over at the Godders break, leaving Gwithian exclusively for the enthusiastic beginner to practice their new-found skills.
Perranporth is a hive of beach-going activity for visitors to the area in the summer months and with these. Perranporth is great in that it will usually offer up 5 to 6 peaks at any one time which mean there are opportunities aplenty for people to the sport. This is a lovely beach for the all the family to enjoy and has everything you could want to fulfil your quest to catch the perfect wave.
Harlyn beach is unique in that it is one of the few North facing beaches in Cornwall that provides beginner-appropriate waves. Harlyn will pick up a nice and tidy 2-4 foot onshore wave that packs a bit of a punch as the set rolls into the bay. The best time to catch a wave here is when mid-tide is falling in the first part of the day, so check your tide times for the time you’re visiting. It’ll work to your advantage to get there at the right time to beat the keen wave riders making their way to this break.
Polzeath is the perfect location for great views from the cliff top and is always popular with tourists. It’s a beautiful beach with a variety of waves that vary from small and choppy to large and hefty. Its best you consult the forecasts first on magicseaweed.com to ensure that you don’t end up getting in the water on a day that is beyond your ability or on a completely flat day when you could be catching some waves elsewhere. Polzeath does provide a beach that could be mistaken for somewhere out of the west coast of the United States, and it really is a beach to enjoy!