Carbis Bay Holidays :: Surfing
For the young and not so young, Surfing is one of the most exhilarating activities and, in West Cornwall you are spoilt for choice. Most west facing beaches enjoy consistent good surf however, dependant on the prevailing wind and westher you can enjoy surfing on all beaches.
The most convenient for our St Ives guests is Porthmeor Beach, whether your interest is boogie or malibu, you should catch some good sets. Visit St Ives Surf School website for more information about surf lessons and hire
For Carbis Bay guests, just catch the train and walk through the town, be there in 10 minutes. Carbis Bay beach is safe and fun for kids, sometimes the breakers are a little stronger and so is good for beginners with either board.
A short walk along Headland Road takes your to Porthkidney Sands and the vast expanse of sand, never crowded but not with lifeguard cover. Alternatively, a drive to nearby Gwithian, Portreath, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Sennen Cove or, of course the world famous Fistral beach at Newquay.
Porthmeor - St Ives Surf School
Porthmeor beach in St Ives town provides pretty good and consistent surfing conditions, the Surfing GB approved St Ives Surf School is based here for board and wetsuit hire, also beginners, improvers, advanced and private surfing lessons. Lifeguards on the beach from Easter to October. Limited parking A restaurant and cafe are on the beach, with toilets and beach huts available. Enjoy the sunsets!
Carbis Bay Holidays guests can receive a 20% discount off surf lessons at St Ives Surf School, please quote Carbis Bay Holidays when booking your lessons. Visit www.stivessurfschool.co.uk
Gwithian is just a short drive past Hayle, you can enjoy the coastal walks around Godrevy Lighthouse, sea the seals in Navax Bay, enjoy breakfast or lunch at Godrevy Cafe or spend a few hours surfing. The Gwithian Academy of Surfing and Sunset Surf are both BSA (Approved Level 4) and operate from Gwithian. Lessons, board and wetsuit hire available. Visit www.surfacademy.co.uk or www.sunsetsurfshop.co.uk .
Portreath is for the serious surfer and is best from mid to high tide. At high tide there is the famous Wall break that is a nice right hander that breaks over a reef. The reef next to the wall offers one of the best waves around and the vortex at high tide has been described by the experts as awesome, wicked and other superlatives. There is a cafe and toilets at the top of the beach, also a large carpark.
Porthtowan another good surfing beach just a short drive away from St Ives and Carbis Bay. There is a large car park and toilets close to the beach, a few shops, cafes and bars. One of the most popular bar with both visitors and locals is the Blue Bar, situated just at the edge of the beach. so the non-surfers can just sit and watch. The surf can be very good, lifeguard services are provided from May to September
The 3 miles of golden sands of Perran Bay extend from Perranporth to St Agnes Head, a very popular and busy resort, Perranporth Beach is most certainly one of those special Cornwall beaches recommended to beginner or intermediate surfers. Perhaps a visit to the bar and cafe on the beach, The Watering Hole. Lifeguard cover is provided and there is also a very well established surf school offering board, wetsuit hire and lessons. Visit www.perranporthsurfschool.co.uk
Sennen Cove is about 30 minutes away on the Zennor road out of St Ives, a beautiful drive through the moorlands takes you to one of the most stunning beaches in West Cornwall, Sennen Cove. Lifeguard cover is provided from March to end of September. Superb surf for all standards, board and wetsuit hire and lessons from www.sennensurfingcentre.com .
Fistral Beach Newquay
The best surfing beach in Newquay is the internationally renowned Fistral Beach, At South Fistral beach, the waves are excellent but for the experienced surfers - not beginners. Other parts of this large beach provide beginners with opportunity for safer surfing. All of the beach is heavily covered by lifeguard patrols. There are many surf schools offering hire and lessons. Newquay is about 45 minutes away from St Ives, but extremely busy in the Summer.