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Sennen beach is a wave magnet with something for everyone no matter what level you are at.


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.

Sennen Beach is suitable for both beginners and experts. This most westerly of sandy beaches acts as a wave magnet, picking up any available swell from the North Atlantic and Biscay.

If its flat here, then the chances are there aren’t going be waves anywhere else around the South West coastline.


Location of Sennen

The nice thing about Sennen is that wave size increases the further north along the beach you go. So those wanting a mellower wave should stay at the lifeboat and car park end.

Further along the beach, about 250 yards, you can find a punchy left and right which breaks off a sandbar just before mid tide. It can hold surf up to 8ft, but expect a long paddle out into the line-up. South to south west winds are offshore and parking and facilities are good.

At the very far end of the bay is Gwenver, which is even more exposed to winds and swell than Sennen, so if there is a huge swell, Sennen is most likely to be smaller that Gwenver.

It is a long walk down to the beach, but the waves here can be classic, either on the beach or in the corner where a nice right-hander can be found at low tide. Rips can be problem here and the waves can shift around quite a lot. But worth taking a picnic on sunny offshore days and staying all day!

last updated: 04/03/2008 at 13:29
created: 15/06/2005

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