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Surfing destinations in the UK

Well known surfing destinations - United Kingdom

Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall

Not only the most iconic surfing destination in the UK, Fistral Beach also happens to be one of the best surfing spots in Europe. One of the great things about Fistral Beach is the consistency of its surf. This is perhaps one of the reasons why it is the preferred venue for top competitions such as the annual Boardmasters International Surfing Competition and the English National Surfing Championship.

Fistral is suitable for all levels of surfer, from beginner all the way up to advanced. Indeed, the beach can be split in to two distinct sections, North Fistral and South Fistral. The north is suitable for beginners, although it can get very crowded and is best at low tide. South Fistral is better at mid to high tide. Beginners surfing at South Fistral should be aware of a few dangerous rips in this section.

Watergate Bay, Newquay, Cornwall

About three miles outside Newquay, Watergate Bay may not be quite as well known as Fistral Beach but is quickly becoming a serious contender for best surfing spot in the UK. One of the great plus points for surfing Watergate Bay if you are a beginner is the fact that is normally far less crowded than Fistral. The surfing conditions are excellent here with waves ranging anywhere from 30 centimetres up to three metres.

Sennon Cove, West Cornwall

While both Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay are suitable for beginners, Sennon Cove is far better suited to surfers of at least intermediate level. Due to is fairly exposed position, there are many fair-sized waves to be ridden at Sennon, often at times when other locations are completely flat. Thios beautiful beach is also home to the Sennon Surfing Centre, one of the longest running surfing schools in the country and located right on the beach front for super convenience.

Thurso East, Scotland

Now this is definitely one destination that is better left alone if you are a novice. That is because Thurso East is home to one of the biggest waves in the whole of Europe. It is also the chosen location for the O'Neill Highland Open, a premier cold water surf event. Professional surfers from around the world never fail to be impressed by the famous Thurso East wave. Top Hawaiian pro surfer Love Hodel even went as far as to describe the wave as 'pretty damn perfect'. For intermediate and advanced surfers only.

Porth Neigwl/Hell's Mouth, Gwynedd, Wales

Apart from having a fantastic name, Hell's Mouth is the most popular surfing destination in North Wales. The beach is certainly impressive, stretching for a length of four miles in total, with peaks running along most of that length on a good swell. When there is a good swell, it can get a little crowded here, especially at the south-east end of the bay where the majority of the better waves tend to be. Hell's Mouth is probably best suited to intermediate surfers.