Top 10 Surf Spots in the UK
Surfing is one of the most exciting, intriguing, compelling, exhausting and fulfilling activities on this planet. Here's a list of the best Surf spots in the UK for all levels to enjoy.
10) Bude, North Cornwall (Beginner)
Bude is a great place to begin surfing with some of the best surf schools in the UK found here. The town is famous for its surfing and laid back atmosphere makes surfing pretty easy for any beginner. A safe beach with even waves and great beginner conditions, its white sandy nature help you fully relax out of the water.
9) Pease Bay, Scottish Borders (Beginner)
One of the centres of the burgeoning Scottish surf scene and thus one of the most popular breaks in Scotland, this surf spot has a good beach break and a more challenging reef for better wave riders. Surprisingly long, peeling right-handers over sand and cobble at the south end plus a left sandbar at north end are found here. Often slow breaking but fun, you'll find accessible waves that get fin-snappingly shallow as the tide drops out.
8) Llangennith, The Gower, Wales (Beginner)
Possibly the most popular surf spot in Wales with beach breaks all the way along its three-mile length, it's always crowded when there's a good swell running. However, if you're prepared to walk along the beach, you will come across less busy peaks. Once the waves get bigger, the paddle-out through line after line of white water can be exhausting though and you'll also need to watch out for rips.
7) Fistral, Cornwall (Beginner)
One of the UK's premier surf spots, this area is located a short walk from Newquay town centre. Patrolled by lifeguards during the Summer months, the break works on pretty much all swells and tides and produces quality hollow waves under the right conditions. The International Surfing Centre is based on the beach here and is home to cafes, restaurants, a surf hire centre and a surf school - a perfect location for everyone's beach day.
6) Polzeath, Cornwall (Beginner)
The popularity of Polzeath has grown over recent years, resulting from the combination of a beautiful sandy beach, a laid-back feel about town and ideal conditions for learning to surf. The beach itself is enormous at low tide, extending around half a mile in all directions, however at high tide, the beach shrinks to just a small patch of sand in front of the village. Polzeath is one of the safest beaches along this stretch of coast with its gently shelving sand and seasonal lifeguard cover.
5) Sennen Cove, Cornwall (Intermediate)
One of the most consistent breaks in Britain on account of its exposed location, Sennen as a Blue Flag Beach can hold good-sized waves and may have surf when everywhere else is flat. Overall, this surf spot is often a safe bet as its crescent shape can cope with winds from due east to south westerly. The fact that it's usually twice as big at the northern end means it never really gets maxed out.
4) Bantham, South Devon (Intermediate)
This area picks up more swell than any other South Devon beach and has a variety of peaks depending on the stage of the tide. Bantham beach break consists of sandbars constructed by the River Avon with two main peaks - one on the main beach and one in the river mouth.
3) Hell's Mouth, Gwynedd, Wales (Intermediate)
The best-known surf spot in North Wales, Hell's Mouth is an impressive four-mile long bay with peaks along its length on a good swell. The better waves tend to be beneath the cliffs at the south-east end of the bay so it will be crowded on good swells.
2) Thurso East, Scotland (Expert)
It's simple, this is one of the best waves in Europe. Thurso East is a right-hand reef break over a flat, kelp-covered rock shelf and is best on a big north-west swell when it may hold surfable waves of triple overhead and more. The break's reputation means that it'll always be busy on a good swell so treat the locals with respect and take your turn.
1) Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire (Expert)
Freshwater is a vast beach with peaks along its length so you can usually find a wave to yourself. The main beach produces some powerful and often quite large peaks, and offers other good break in the small bays to the south. This area is also home to one of the heaviest and scariest reef breaks in Wales! Please note that there is an army firing range above the beach to the south of Freshwater West and if caught surfing here without permission you may face prosecution and/or detonation.