Cornwall is certainly the home of British Surfing and probably the most famous spot of all is Newquay. Newquay holds surf contests every year, the most famous is Boardmasters, which takes place in August. There is a whole weekend of competitive surfing to enjoy, along with some brilliant bands and events taking place throughout the town as well.
Polzeath is a lovely little town on the north coast of Cornwall which has a fantastic surfing beach. Polzeath self-catering holidays can be a good way to get down there and test your surfing prowess in the waves. There are great places to eat and drink in the town too and it generally has a brilliant laid-back Cornish vibe, which has made it popular with many celebs too!
Harry and Wills were recently spotted there having a go at Bodyboarding (pictured below), David Cameron famously visited last summer and it is well known to be a favourite spot of Hugh Grant.
If you are looking for somewhere great on the South Coast, Praa Sands is an excellent surf spot to head too. It is a good beach-break (the waves break on sand rather than rock or reef) that picks up lots of swell. This following picture was sourced from the website Magic Seaweed.
With all of these great waves around the county there is no shortage of surf hire shops, where for as little £10 for an hour you can hire a board and wetsuit and get started! This is a really good thing to do if you are just starting out as a new one can set you back several hundred pounds. Wait until you decide you are into it and then can make a better choice about which length and shape of board will best suit you.
Cornwall’s surfing is famous around the world, so what are you waiting for! Check out what fun you could be having at a beach not too far from you!
The Endless Winter - A Very British Surf Movie
Finally, The Endless Winter - A Very British Surf Movie series is going to be shown on Channel 4 TV starting 12th August 2012 so you must check that out if you can, more information here.
Surfing in Cornwall will be showcased along with other British surfing locations such as Devon and Scotland.
Here's a few of the videos from this series to wet your appetite...enjoy: