The Cornish coastline is around the south west peninsular of the UK and is full of scraggy cliffs, hidden coves and long beaches with white sand, which are some of the best in Europe. Cornwall is also the UK’s surfing gem and many international students who can surf, or would like to give surfing a go while studying in the UK, travel down to Cornwall on weekend breaks to experience the beauty of the Atlantic and Cornwall’s golden coastline.
Getting down to Cornwall is pretty easy via bus or train or by driving. There are many hostels in Cornwall and especially so in Newqueay, which is the most well known Cornish surf town that has loads of Surf Hostel, Lodges and beach cafes such as: Newquay Surf Lodge, Reef Surf Lodge and Island, and, Matt’s Surf Lodge. All of these lodges will have information and prices on board and wetsuit hire, which costs around 16 pounds a day for both.
Bays and beaches to surf around the Newquay area vary. There is Watergate Bay that is a a great mid-high tide sandy beach break. Mawgan Porth beach just five miles from Newquay and is able to attract some of the best waves Cornwall has to produce (but without the crowds!). Mawgan Porth is an RNLI patrolled beach and with its natural ampitheatre-like cliffs it’s a great place to sunbathe and surf, with easy parking.
If you have transportation and are looking for some adventure surf then drive along the north coast and head toward Porthtowan. This is a power break, which is sheltered from the wind as it is a cove. There is a very good surf school at Porthowan also and a delightful cafe/ bar called the Blue Bar.
All in all the beach offers escape from college and university pressure so that after the trip you can return to studies with a clear and refreshed head. The best time to visit Cornwall is in the Spring, as the summer time is very busy with holiday makers. Enjoy!