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Board Choice

on next : Hugo Duncan

Devon and Cornwall, SW England, UK
Posted: Mark, Feb 06

 

 

Both counties are right in the SW corner of England and catch a good percentage of the best Atlantic swells. Being so close to the English cities, Devon and Cornwall have become the centre of UK surfing - in terms of numbers in the water at any rate. I’ve only been there once, and we were lucky to get some half decent swell.

 

Getting There

You can fly direct to Bristol from Belfast and then hire a car. Exeter too. Ryanair fly to the local mecca, Newquay, direct from Stanstead. I have to say, socially, Newquay is a bit much. Flooded with stags and hens in the good weather, it’s a real culture shock if you arrive from Ireland where 6 is a crowd in the water. We showed up at Fistral (Newquay) and there was knee high slop, but there were still almost a hundred in the water. Plain nightmare. A good place to get a cheap second hand board though if you’re lucky. The trick is to get outside Newquay and along the stunning Devon and Cornwall coasts. We surfed Woolacombe and a little beach break called Constantine which was just lush.

 

What's it like?

On the whole, very like Ireland, with some stunning scenery. Roads just as bad as ours too mind, so plan plenty of time if your surfari is to take you up and down the coast and away from main roads. It's warmer down there too, and if you're lucky in summer you’ll get away surfing in a pair of board shorts.

 

Go online if you.re heading there to surf. www.A1surf.com is a good site. On the whole though, it's still the BBC sites that have the best UK coverage. Guys like Martin Aaron in BBC Wales and Simon “Ceefax” Alexander in BBC Guernsey facilitate online BBC platforms that are surfer centred and easy to understand.

 

Surf shops: small ones at most well known breaks. Plenty in bigger spots like Newquay, Woolacombe etc

Breaks: Similar to Ireland, although generally gets less swell than here. Places like The Cribbar in Newquay can go massive in the right swell.
Gear: as Ireland


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