Towards the Cornwall / Devon border, Whitsands Bay's picturesque four-mile beach boasts several quality peaks throughout its length.
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.
Whitsands Bay is suitable for beginner to intermediates. The picturesque four-mile beach boasts several quality peaks throughout its length. Tregantle, Tregonhawke and Sharrow all show themselves at low tide.
Location fo Whitsands Bay
As the tide pushes in, individual bays come into play which while providing shelter from strong westerlies, can lead to crowded conditions in the line-up.
The waves will always be a foot or two smaller than the more westerly facing breaks, but don’t let that lure you into a false sense of security - rip currents can be wicked at low tide (you have been warned!).
Tregantle, in the middle of the bay, is used by the military as a firing range, so access can be restricted at times, worth checking before you embark on the 20-minute walk along the cliffs.
A tip: Unless you like long paddle outs try not to surf at low tide in a big swell - the waves have a tendency to break a long way offshore. Parking is available at some of the spots along the cliff.
last updated: 04/03/2008 at 12:31