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Riding the Waves: Our Top Picks for Beaches and Surf Spots in Cornwall

Surf's Up! Exploring Marazion's Spectacular Surf Spots

Located in the picturesque town of Marazion, nestled along the captivating coastline of Cornwall, you're not just in for a relaxing glamping experience, but also an exhilarating surfing adventure. With easy access to both the great north coast and the southern swell, Marazion serves as an ideal base camp for wave enthusiasts of all levels. Here's a glimpse of some nearby surf spots that promise unforgettable rides:


1. Porthleven: The Reefs' Challenge Porthleven is a renowned surf haven, but it's not for the faint of heart. The best waves break over the reefs on either side of the harbour entrance. Keep in mind that the water here can have strong undercurrents, so it's advisable for strong swimmers only. Always check local surf reports to assess the conditions before diving in.


2. Sennen: Cornwall's Western Gem Head west to Sennen Cove, Cornwall's most westerly surf hotspot. Here, massive rollers create excellent surfing opportunities. If you're not into surfing, designated safe areas for swimming are clearly marked. For those eager to learn how to ride the waves, the Sennen Surfing Centre is your go-to spot. With its long sandy beach and charming small harbour, Sennen seamlessly blends the atmosphere of a working fishing port with laid-back surf style.


3. Godrevy: Epic Waves Await Godrevy, the most exposed stretch of St Ives Bay, offers some of the best surfing conditions. It's known for picking up substantial swells, but it can also be affected by strong winds. Despite the challenging conditions, the waves here can be truly epic for experienced surfers.


4. Gwithian: Perfect for All Gwithian Beach caters to surfers of all levels, making it a fantastic family-friendly destination. With a consistent swell, it's an ideal spot for year-round surfing adventures. When you need a break from the action, explore the fascinating rock pools and caves along the shoreline. Additionally, Gwithian is a popular hub for kitesurfing and windsurfing, adding even more excitement to your coastal escape.


5: Praa Sands: South Coast's Gem On the southern coast of Cornwall lies the renowned Praa Sands, a beloved surfing destination. It's no secret, and on days when the wind comes from the north, and the southern swell beckons, surfers flock to this spot. Praa Sands boasts a substantial beach, and its waves are often heavier than those on the north coast, offering thrilling and hollow rides for surfers seeking a challenge.

6: Porthtowan Beach: Power Packed Surf For those craving an adrenaline rush, Porthtowan Beach is a must-visit. This coastal gem on the north coast of Cornwall is known for picking up substantial swells, even more than its neighboring Gwithian. The waves here are fast, sucky, and often hollow on a good day, making it an ideal playground for seasoned surfers looking for an exhilarating ride.

7: Porthmeor Beach, St Ives: A Surfer's Sanctuary Porthmeor Beach, situated in the enchanting town of St Ives, offers a unique surfing experience. While it may not pick up as much swell as most north coast beaches, it has its moments, providing powerful and hollow waves when conditions align. One notable advantage is its north-facing orientation, which makes it an excellent choice when the prevailing southwest winds are offshore.


8: Fistral Beach, Newquay Fistral Beach in Newquay is arguably the most famous surfing beach in the UK, drawing surf enthusiasts from far and wide. With fame, however, comes crowds, especially during the summer months. Despite sharing your wave with hundreds of fellow surfers, Fistral can deliver world-class waves, capable of holding swells up to 8 feet. For those seeking even bigger thrills, there's the infamous Cribba, Cornwall's best-known big wave spot, waiting to challenge the boldest surfers.


With these exceptional surf spots in close proximity to Marazion, your glamping adventure is not just about relaxation; it's an opportunity to conquer the waves and create lasting memories in Cornwall's dynamic coastal playground. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a daring beginner, these beaches offer a range of experiences to satisfy your craving for adventure and surf. So, grab your board, catch the perfect wave, and let Cornwall's surf culture captivate you.

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