If you're a beginner then head for the Falmouth Beaches. You'll have to tackle the crowds but not the really big breakers.
There are currently 250,000 surfers in the UK.
The biggest surf normally occurs on a pushing tide, especially on the Bristol Channel coast.
Croyde Bay in North Devon and Fistral Beach in Cornwall are two of the most popular surfing beaches in Britain.
The first ever degree in surfing was offered by the University of Plymouth.
The record for the most number of surfers on a board was broken in 1989 at Fistral Beach, Newquay. Twelve surfers rode a 37ft longboard shaped by Tim Mellors.
Falmouth Beaches are ideal for beginners to intermediates. Head here when strong south-westerlies and double-overhead waves are battering the north coast.
More renowned for its sailing than surfing, good waves can be had at Swanpool and Maenporth beaches, although crowds can be a problem.
Good waves can be had up to 4-5 feet, any bigger and they tend to close out. Paddle out from the beach in front of the line-up. For the more adventurous, Gyllyngvase Reef situated off the main beach can produce fast, yet short righthanders from mid tide onwards.
Popular with both surfers and boogieboarders. The take-off is the best part of the wave, you’ll need to be quick, tuck in and head for the shoulder! Good parking and facilities closeby and in the town.
last updated: 04/03/2008 at 12:30