Most spots in Cornwall don’t handle a lot of size, so it’s ideal for the inexperienced and intermediate surfer to hone their skills. When the swell does get massive the main spots get maxed out easily but there are plenty of sheltered beaches you can head to.
In the main part you will only be surfing beachbreaks, these vary in quality from sucky hollow waves at spots like Fistral,which is a world renowned beach break. To mellower waves at spots like Widemouth and Gwithian so there is something for everyone.
If you are looking for something a little more exciting, Cornwall does have a couple of reefs. The most famous of these is at Porthleven on the south coast. Breaking in front of a small harbour, it is an incredible spot but rarely works.