Since the 1960’s, surfing in the UK has grown in popularity, partly thanks to The Beach Boys! In 1966 the British Surfing Association was formed to promote surfing in the UK. The British Surfing Association created a large following and the popularity of surfing and the surf culture grew to where it is today. Some of the best surfers in the World were born and bred in England such as Ben Skinner from Cornwall. For those who’ve never dabbled in surfing you are really missing out. England is the perfect place to learn to surf with great surf instructors, safe and clean beaches and easy going wavess
- Surfing in Pembrokeshire
So without further adieu, here are 5 spots in England recommended for beginner surfers:
1) Newgale Beach, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Newgale Beach is considered by many surfing enthusiasts as the best surfing spots in the UK. It’s considered one of the bests because of its scenery and tourist attractions. The beach is known for great surfing conditions along with other various water sports. The beach is 2 miles long that can benefit both beginner and advanced surfers. The beach was awarded a European Blue Flag which is a testament to its clean water and beach area. The beach has a good variety of life-guards on hand and professional surf instructors to teach you how it’s done.
2) Longsands Bay, Tynemouth
Longsands Bay is an exciting spot for surfing because of its tradition of top surfers in the UK. Pro surfers Gabe Davies and Sam Lamiroy are from the Longsands Bay area and are top British surfing competitors. The beach is good for both beginner and advanced surfers. Reports indicate that the surf conditions are very similar no matter what the tide is. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer months and some parts of the spring. The area has a great variety of surf shops, cafes, and pubs.
3) Porthmeor, St Ives, Cornwall
Porthmeor beach in St Ives is renowned for exciting fast waves that are great for intermediate to advanced surfers. In the summer months the waves will calm down, which will favour beginning surfers. This is when the more advanced surfers head across the bay to Gwythian, Hayle. Porthmeor beach is very surfer friendly and also is known worldwide for their excellent surfing schools. Surf Lessons are performed right on the beach by advanced surfers that can help teach surfers at all levels. The beach also has great water along with countless numbers of bars, restaurants and attractions in the area.
4) Woolacombe Beach, Devon
Woolacombe Beach in Devon is a very popular surf area that is known worldwide for its top rated waves that favour all surfing abilities. Woolacombe Surf School is highly regarded as providing surf lessons for beginners to seasoned pros. Woolacombe is also known for top class clean beach and was voted in the top 3 best beaches in Europe by Trip Advisor users. There’s also great camping facilities from a number of parks in the area such as those found at woolacombe.co.uk. Several surf competitions are each year are held at Woolacombe so look out for those.
5) Saunton Sands, North Devon
Saunton Sands in North Devon is a perfect surf spot for beginners. The beach is also good for advanced surfers in designated areas. The area is very nice with a lot of things to do. The beach is very quiet and relaxing. Surfing instructors are available to help new and intermediate surfers.