Its charming coastline, abundance of surf schools, and reasonably consistent surf make Cornwall the UK’s premier surfing destination, and an all-round great place to learn to surf. Whether you’re going surfing for the first time or a repeat offender hoping to advance to the intermediate stage and beyond, a handful of lessons at any of the following Cornish surf schools will stand you — literally — in excellent stead. All lessons include surfboard and wetsuit hire.
Learn To Surf In Cornwall: Fistral Beach Surf School, Newquay
Newquay is the UK’s surfing capital, and Fistral Beach is one of the main reasons why. With the family-run Fistral Beach Surf School — headed by the delightful Jenny Briant, a recent English longboard champ — you can’t go wrong. The school’s open year round, and is ideally located right on the beach front at the International Surfing Centre, where you can grab a bite to eat and watch the waves as you bask in post-surf satisfaction.
Learn To Surf In Cornwall: Westcountry Surf School, Watergate Bay
Immediately to the north of Newquay lies Watergate Bay: a long, open, picturesque stretch of beach overlooked by Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen. It can still get busy in summer but has none of Newquay’s occasionally claustrophobic feel, and there’s generally enough space and waves to go round, particularly on a lower tide. Westcountry is a relatively new but already thriving surf school, run by siblings Joel and Naomi Bishop. Both are highly experienced lifeguards, and their passion for surfing is palpable.