I’ve often been asked, “can you actually surf in the UK?”, and the answer is…yes, you can! And sometimes, it’s really, really good.
To be fair, we do get a lot of days when it’s windy and messy in winter. Then summer comes and the sea often goes as flat as a lake. But occasionally (more often than you’d think) the stars align and we have waves to rival much more well-known surfing destinations.
Our most famous beach is probably Fistral, Cornwall. The self-proclaimed home of UK surfing was previously a stop on the qualifying series and therefore has hosted many-a-pro-surfer, including 11x world champ Kelly Slater.
Where to surf
If you’re planning a trip to the UK to surf, here’s three places to check out…
Gwithian is a beautiful white sand beach with clear turquoise waters, backed by sand dunes. The long stretch of beach means you can normally find a quiet spot, and the waves get smaller as you head towards St. Ives, which is handy if it’s too big at the Godrevy end.
Tip: Walk round the headland to see the seals at Godrevy.
A beautiful sweeping beach in the Gower Peninsula. If Llangennith is too big or windy, there’s plenty of more sheltered spots around the Gower Peninsula, but you will need a car!
Tip: Camp behind the dunes at Hillend campsite.
Woolacombe has been named the UK’s best beach by Tripadvisor (and it even got in the top five for the whole of Europe).
Tip: Check out nearby Barricane beach after your surf for a delicious Sri Lankan curry, served to you on the sand.