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14th October 2016 | Regional News

Explore Cornwall From The Sea


Located on the South Coast, jutting straight out into the Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall is a magnet for swell. The region benefits from the warmth generated by the Gulf Stream, which provides Cornwall with mild sea temperatures from May through to November. With over 200 beaches to choose from, surfing and kayaking is every bit as much fun as they look and the true Cornish experience is not complete without exploring Cornwall from the sea.

Today, we’ve teamed up with local experts to dive deep into some of the best surfing and kayaking spots in the region.

St Ives

Chosen by St Ives Surf School, Porthmeor is where the heart of surfing belongs. Nestled below the iconic Tate gallery, Porthmeor beach is protected from the prevailing South West winds. The harbour is a focal point to the town and along with Porthminster beach, provides a sheltered haven for families, bathers and sun worshippers alike. Whatever time of the year you visit Porthmeor, the beach provides surfers with some of the best waves in Cornwall.

As if being one of the UK’s premier surf spots wasn’t enough, at Porthmeor beach you will undoubtedly get to experience one of the finest sunsets in the country.

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Watergate Bay

With its large open bay at the bottom of steep cliffs, which regularly pick up strong Atlantic swells, Watergate Bay is considered to be one of the greatest places for surfing in the UK. Chosen by Extreme Academy, this two-mile-long beach on the North Coast of Cornwall has suitable waves for all abilities, so whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re guaranteed to love it.

Only 10 minutes away from Newquay Holiday Park, on a great day at Watergate you can picnic on the clifftops and watch competent surfers riding great waves.

Holywell Bay

Located on the North Coast of Cornwall, Holywell Bay is a popular family beach and is Cornwall Surf Academy’s favourite place to surf due to its tranquil scenery, distinctive Gull rocks and its fabulous all year round waves.

Home to some of the best sandbanks in the UK, this beach has long peeling waves and the occasional really good barrel. Barrels are where the wave is hollow when it’s breaking and are considered to be the highlight of any surfer’s session.

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When you’re taking a break from surfing, you will have the pleasure of seeing dolphins, which are often sighted around the area and make this surfing spot extra special. Holywell Bay Beach is also family friendly, as children love to play in the shallow, lazy river that crosses the sands, which is sheltered from the sea by sand dunes.

Mawgan Porth

A place that still holds on to its Cornish charm, Mawgan Porth is an award winning beach, where the stunning Cornish cliffs surround the golden sands.

King Surf

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The beach produces great waves all year round, making it perfect for surfing and kayaking. Chosen by King Surf, this tranquil beach is quieter than other mainstream beaches nearby and it has an abundance of local amenities, such as large car parks, a restaurant, a pub, surf shops and a convenience store.

Located just 10 minutes away from Newquay Holiday Park, you will be guaranteed a warm welcome from all of the locals and business owners here.

St Agnes

The dramatic cliffs, colourful caves, and the beautiful archways make kayaking along the St Agnes coastline an experience you will never forget. For Koru Kayaking, there is simply no better place to be.

From the moment you kayak out of Trevaunance Cove, either towards Newdown Head or towards Cligga Head, you will feel a million miles away. With golden sands to land on, wild seals making an appearance, and even the occasional dolphin popping up to say hello, this coastline really does live up to its UNESCO World Heritage Site status.

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On a gentle summers day, you can launch a kayak from the beach and fish with a degree of safety, but beware of the changeable weather, tide and swell.

For the more experienced kayaker, Hayle Canoe Club recommend heading towards Godrevy Light and beyond where the waves break frequently, which makes this stretch of coastline far more adventurous. There is little in the way of safe landing or even portage access until Portreath. Although it’s a wild and changeable coast if you are experienced and weather wise there is fun in almost every form of kayaking.

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