Surfing & Bodyboarding

Cornwall is well known for its great surfing opportunities on both coasts. There are over 200 beaches along Cornwall’s coast, so there are more surf locations than you will ever need. Cornwall has a well-deserved international reputation as a surfing paradise, with it getting its swell from the Atlantic Ocean. But the beauty of Cornwall for surfers is the choice of north or south coasts – with only a few miles separating the two, you can head for the best waves each day. Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and if you enjoy being in the water, then there’s nothing better than riding the waves!

Surfing is an all year round activity and Cornwall is the place to be – so whether you’re a novice and need some pointers, an experienced surfer, or just want to have fun in the water, choose one of our Cornwall self catering cottages for your holiday.


The Best Surfing Beaches

North Coast:
Constantine, Fistral Beach, Little Fistral, Tolcarne, Watergate Bay, Perranporth, Porthtowan, Gwithian, Godrevy, Porthmeor & Sennen.
South Coast:
Porthcurno, Perranuthnoe & Praa Sands.

We use Magicseaweed to see which beaches will be best for surfing or bodyboarding on that day, the best way to avoid being disappointed and turning up at a beach with a red flag.

Fancy trying stand up paddle board surfing while you’re on holiday in Cornwall, Stand Up Paddle Board World have written an incredible article on everything you need to know before you give it a go. From tips to the beginners and experts, to health benefits, the history of the sport and so much more.

Surf Schools

Falmouth Surf School

01326 212144

Depending on the surfing conditions, Falmouth & Porthtowan Surf School will take you to the best location.


Global Boarders

07980 432313 | Gwithian & Praa Sands

Gwithian Towans, and Praa Sands are permanent sites for the award winning Global Boarders Surf Co. in Cornwall. All of their surfing programmes will be held at these locations whenever feasible. If the conditions at Gwithian & Praa Sands are unsafe / hazardous, we have mobile licences / permits to perform sessions at St Ives Bay, Newquay, and Marazion to minimise cancellations and guarantee their customers have the best possible surfing experience.


Harlyn Surf School

0775777008 | Padstow

The crescent-shaped bay is popular with novice surfers who may learn to handle the waves thanks to its reputation as one of the county’s safest beaches. The friendly and professional surf instructors at Harlyn Surf School will provide you with all you need for your surfing training. The school offers a wide selection of surf classes that are suitable for children, adults, groups, and families.


Perranporth Surf School

07974 550 823

Perranporth Surf School care for the specific requirements of surfers(-to-be), giving enjoyable and instructive classes for all levels, from ages 7yrs and upwards. Whether it’s your first lesson or you’re seeking to improve your abilities, their Surfing England-certified teachers will provide a safe surfing environment and great training.


Breakers Surf School

01872 553811 | St Agnes

Breakers Surf School in Cornwall offers surf lessons based on decades of expertise in the sport, knowledge of the local environment, and a love for passing on the talent and the passion for the ocean. When it comes to local knowledge and experience in St.Agnes, they are unrivaled and invaluable to your surf lesson. With such knowledge and experience at your fingertips, you can be certain that your surf lesson will be held in the most appropriate location and on the most ideal equipment for your specific needs.



A team of experts in teaching surfing to people of all ages and abilities will have you surfing in no time.
This surfing beach in Porthtowan is undoubtedly one of the greatest in Cornwall, with a variety of stores, amenities, and dining choices nearby.


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