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A good sandy beach here makes for a place suitable for beginners and intermediates.


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.

Perranporth offers up waves suitable for beginners to intermediates. Because the sandy beach is so long it’s rarely that crowded away from the town end. There are plenty of peaks throughout it length from the lefts at Droskyn to the long walling rights at Penhale.


Holds waves up to 6ft, any bigger and they tend to close out on the offshore sandbanks. Works through all stages of the tide and is best when the winds are from the south east through to north east. Strong currents can be a problem on larger days.

Parking is available in the town. Lifeguards operate during the summer. Good facilities and relaxed atmosphere on the beach and in the water.

last updated: 04/03/2008 at 12:30
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