With summer just around the corner and news that Britain’s first artificial surf lake is set to be opened in Snowdonia next year, we thought it was about time we donned our wetsuits, waxed our boards and carved some breakers on Britain’s foamy seas. So, we set about finding the best beaches in Blighty for surfing, and ranked them by whether they’re suitable for beginners or experts; here’s what we came up with.
Best for beginners
Caswell Bay, The Gower Peninsula
Spectacular views, soft sand and a surf school on the beach make Caswell Bay one of the best places for beginners to have a go at wave riding in Wales. Worried parents will be relieved to hear that lifeguards patrol the Bay’s sands during the summer months, so you can relax and enjoy a good book whilst the kids hang ten.
Gnarly riptides are rare at Gwithian beach in west Cornwall, so rookies can experience the thrill of the Atlantic’s tumbling swells without the worry they’re about to eat the seabed. What’s more, the pros tend to leave this stretch of coast to the newbies, so there’s no danger of you getting shown up by some top class carving.
Pease Bay, Scottish Borders
An overarching friendly vibe is just one of the reasons why Pease Bay has become one of Scotland’s favourite surf spots. Located on Edinburgh’s doorstep, this ribbon of sand is home to a wealth of surf amenities that cater for both the eager beginner and the seasoned pro – just don’t forget the wet suit as it’s bound to be bloomin’ chilly.
Best left to the experts
Bantham Beach, South Devon
OK, so Bantham Beach has a Blue Flag (awarded to Britain’s safest, cleanest beaches), but don’t be fooled; there’s big swells aplenty here, making it a haven for pro surfers. In fact, Bantham is the best place to catch epic breakers on the North Devon coast- tubular man.
Sennen Cove, Cornwall
While the South Side of Sennen Cove is sheltered enough for beginners to hone their skills, the North’s exposure to the Atlantic produces powerful swells that are perfect for the plucky non-beginner. At times, breakers can reach up to six feet high at Sennen Cove, so if you’re a nervous newbie, be sure to pick the peaceful side of the beach.
Thurso East, Scottish Highlands
Thought to be one of Europe’s premier surf spots, Thurso East is a playground for pro surfers, and frequently plays host to international surfing competitions. The breakers here form over a flat rock shelf, making the swells intense, rapid and really rather tall. Beginners should travel to Thurso if only to see how it’s done, whilst non-surfers will appreciate the region’s draw dropping natural beauty.
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Fancy frolicking in the foam on your next UK holiday? Then check out our selection of coastal holiday cottages, which offer space, comfort and convenience for any budding board-rider. We’ve cottages scattered along pretty much every coastline from Llangennith to Lahinch, so find your favourite today and get ready to make for the nearest shoreline- Cowabunga!