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The good surf guide to Cornwall
Russell Winter from Newquay in Cornwall
Respected surfing journalist Simon Alexander has joined BBC Cornwall and here he gives the benefit of his experience for those wanting to experience the Cornish waves.
NORTH COAST

SOUTH COAST

SEE ALSO
Daily surf conditions
Surfing guide to Cornwall
Surf messageboard
webcams
WEB LINKS

National Data Buoy Centre
Wave watch charts

South West surf sites
:
A1Surf
One Stop Surf
Surf 98
Surfnewquay
6ftoffshore


Surf sites abroad:
Ripcurl
Quiksilver
Billabong
O'Neill
Surfermag
Surfingaustralia

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FACTS

+ 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.

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Cornwall's Surfing Beaches by Simon Alexander

For more than 40 years, Cornwall has been known as the home to British surfing with Newquay in particular the breeding ground for national and international champions.

The waves which pound the Cornish coastline are created by deep Atlantic low pressure systems which unleash their powerful swells eastwards creating some of the best surfing conditions in Europe.

To prove the county's dominance in the sport, it boasts an impressive array of stars who not only have the respect of the world's top professionals, but also their peers in the local surfing scene.

And more than anywhere else, Newquay's Fistral Beach has been the arena where champions are made.

European number one and WCT contender Russell Winter, British number two Spencer Hargraves and former English champion Alan Stokes are just three surfers from the town who have fine-tuned their wave dance at the powerful beachbreak.

Click on the links below to take you to North or South coast beaches:

Click on North or South coast to take you to the corresponding beach guides.




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