Forget the Gold Coast, Oahu, J Bay and the rest, you’re next surfing destination is going to be the UK. Don’t believe us? Check out these places…
PEASE BAY, SCOTLAND
This is a great spot on the east coast of Scotland for beginners to get their first taste of surfing. The best times to visit are winter and spring; on a good day, with the swell direction coming from the south west, you’ll be riding waves as high as 12 feet. It’s within easy reach of Edinburgh and there are surf schools to help you get started.
SENNEN COVE, ENGLAND
For intermediate surfers, Sennen Cove in Cornwall has some of the most consistent breaks in the UK. Even when other places are flat, this is likely to have good-sized waves. It’s a favourite amongst the likes of longboarder and former European champion Sam Bleakley, and with good reason: the surf stretches from the harbour and round the bay to Gwenver at the far end, growing increasingly bigger and offering challenging rides.
THURSO EAST, SCOTLAND
If you’re a seasoned pro then it doesn’t get much better than Thurso East. The consistent surf throughout the year makes it one of the best places in Europe to surf; optimum swell comes from the north west and waves can reach 2-15 feet. The place has such a good reputation for reliable surf that it can get busy on a good day – just make sure you treat the locals with the respect they deserve and take your turn.
HELL’S MOUTH, WALES
Porth Neigwl as it is also known is a four mile stretch of exposed beach that can get busy, but it has challenging left and right handers that are worth it. The waves can be flat during summer so you’re best visiting in the autumn or winter. During these months there are likely to be people out there from morning till dusk. Fellow enthusiasts are friendly and the more experienced surfers tend to head on over to the northern end of the beach.
CRACKINGTON HAVEN, ENGLAND
An exposed beach break in the north of Cornwall, this offers great surfing when there’s a big swell. It’s pretty consistent and there is a mix of windswells and groundswells. The ideal winds come from the south east and the beach break has rocky lefts and rights. It can get crowded and there is a good contingent of local surfers; they’re welcoming to newcomers and happy to chat and offer advice if you need it.