Surfing is a popular hobby. Many enthusiasts learn at local surf schools at surf spots in their own countries before embarking on surfing holidays with friends.
Popular destinations to learn how to surf and to take surf lessons at surf schools in the UK is Cornwall. Cornwall has a renowned coastline in the South West of the UK famous with surfers and fans of the sport.
The surfing industry has evolved Cornwall’s economy and many people have built their business’ on it. Surf school’s are a very famous trade in Cornwall.
It’s a true Cornish experience too. For some, the idea of visiting Cornwall to get involved in a star surf camp when in the south west wouldn’t cross their mind. They would rather chew on a Cornish pastie, visit the beach, perhaps have some ice cream and visit the mines!
Nevertheless, Cornwall offers some of the best waves. Others might prefer a more fair weather climate and choose to surf Portugal or to take a long-distance trip down under and visit a surf camp in Australia.
If you are a novice to surfing, have no equipment or have never put on a wetsuit before, there are plenty of surfing shops available. Surf shops are about as common as any other shop in Cornwall. If you are a beginner and you will be looking for surf lessons, let the people in the surf shop know. They can help to give you all the surfing equipment you require. This can consist of
- Surf board
You don’t always need a rash-vest when you go surfing, but it helps. The first few times you are out in the water you might find that the wet suit rubs against your neck, this is wear the vest can come in handy!
Most surf shops will be able to tell you where to book lessons, it’s really important that you do take surf lessons before you go surfing.
Lots of people watch surfing videos, buy surfing equipment then go straight out on the water and try to surf. This can be quite dangerous for people that have never been in the water because each surf spot is different and the sea can be dangerous.
In Cornwall, they have a FLAG policy on the beaches that highlight how dangerous the sea can be for surfers. Sometimes, surf schools get cancelled due to poor weather.
What to remember when you go to the beach?
F – Find the red and yellow flags and swim between them
L – Look at the safety signs
A – Ask a lifeguard for advice
G – Get a friend to swin with you
S – Stick your hand in the air and shout for help if in difficult
There will be another blog published on surf safety. The best time of year to go surfing in Cornwall just after summer. The Cornish summer is popular with people all over the UK so they often think that surfing will be popular and indeed it is, surf schools are often booked out but the waves are not as good as they are in late-September/October time. There is a reason why the weather is better just after summer in Cornwall for surfing but we will publish a blog about this later on.
In the meantime, please enjoy the rest of the site and submit any questions you have about surfing in the comments.