Situated in the premier surfing area of the UK, Cornwall, Bude is a small coastal town with less than 10,000 inhabitants. In the surfing season the area is often over run with surfers looking to catch the waves and take advantage of the conditions. Bude was actually the founder club in the British Surf Life Saving association and offers beaches such as Summerleaze, Crooklets, Widemouth and Sandymouth beach. The beaches are all within a short distance from the town and offer a variety of conditions for both UK and overseas surfers.
Crantock is one of the smaller surfing areas in the Cornwall area but it has an interesting array of surfing spots along the coastal shores. Crantock beach is the main surfing area but the beach is surrounded by surfing hotspots which attract a significant number of tourists throughout the surfing season. The village is close to the river Gannel but it is the sandy cove of Porth Joke which seems to attract most surfing interest.
Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall
The words Newquay and surfing are often spoken in the same breathe when it comes to surfing in the UK and Fistral Beach, with its particularly long straight beaches, offers perfect conditions for followers of the sport. The summer time attracts a great many surfers to Fistral Beach from all around the UK looking to catch the quality swells and waves along the beach.
There are few beaches in the UK which can match the uninterrupted waves and swells which Perranporth offers. Situated on the north coast of Carrick, Cornwall the area has access to hundreds of miles of swells and waves from the ocean and is perhaps only beaten in the UK surfing stakes by Newquay, Chapel Porth and Porthtowan. The area also attracts a great deal of other sports people with an excellent array of golfing facilities to name but one.
While Porthtowan may have a history steeped in the mining industry it is the surfing world which seems to have taken over this small village in Cornwall. Like a number of the surrounding coastal towns it has excellent access to the tidal waves off the sea and sand dunes which are perfect for surfing. This small village has made a very big noise in the world of UK surfing.
Porthleven is the most southerly port in the UK and has a history steeped in shipping with a particularly hazardous coastline which has claimed many ships in the past. However the surrounding coastal conditions are perfect for surfers and the place regularly attracts great numbers in the summer time. Interestingly the swell and waves for surfing have benefited from the blasting of the harbor which has created a shallow reef allowing waves up to 2 metres high to hit the shores.
St Agnes, Cornwall
Situated halfway between St Ives and Newquay, St Agnes is again another Cornish coastal village which offers excellent conditions for UK surfers. While maybe not as popular as neighboring Newquay the area has an interesting history, is very popular with tourists and something of a surfing hot spot in the UK.
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Just two miles north of Newquay it is no surprise to see that Watergate Bay is on the surfing map of the UK, having hosted the English National Surfing Championships in the past. The two mile sandy beach offers exposure to the raw elements of the sea and excellent conditions for surfing.
Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Situated in the Cornish parish of Sennen, Sennen Cove is a tiny village with a population of no more that 200 people, although the summer time often sees this number swollen by the influx of surfers. Slightly sheltered than some of the more open coastal surfing areas in the region, Sennen Cove boasts useful surfing conditions and a laid back lifestyle to go with the surfing image.