Widemouth Bay is a popular beach suitable for those not yet ready to face the biggest waves. This beach also provides parking.
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.
Widemouth Bay, Bude offers up waves that are suitable for beginners to intermediate. Because of its location, it's a popular beach that has waves along its entire length, although the direction of the swell can make a big difference to the quality.
Works best from mid to high tide and is surfable up to 6ft, maybe 8ft on a super-clean day. If you like fast rights, head to the southern end at Black Rock at high tide. At middle beach a quality left can be found. At high tide Inside Camel comes into play to the right of the lifeguard hut, but watch out for rocks. Easy paddle out except on big onshore days.
Good parking overlooking the beach with a take-away to keep you stoked up for your next session. If you’re going to surf Widemouth a lot, buy a special North Cornwall District Council seasonal parking ticket and save yourself pounds. Popular with body boarders, long boarders and short boarders.
last updated: 04/03/2008 at 12:31