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Surfing in St Ives

We are lucky in St Ives, Cornwall to have several good surfing beaches, facing in different directions, to give plenty of opportunity for surfing.

The quality of the surf is dependant on many factors: the wind speed and direction, state of the tide, the geography of the beach and the air pressure.  Often the surf will be better on one beach over another. 

The best beaches in our area for surf are Porthmeor, Gwithian, Portreath, Porthtowan, Perranporth, Sennen Cove and Fistral Beach You are advised not to surf here alone if you are a beginner.  Check out our beaches guide for all the beaches in the area.

Learn to Surf

If you've never surfed before we recommend one of our local surf schools, please see below.  Not only will they help with the basic techniques, they will also offer you sound advice to ensure that you surf safely in the future.  

St Ives Surf School

"The best place to learn to surf in Cornwall" Tom Lowe

St Ives Surf School

You are in safe hands at St Ives Surf School as they offer a variety of surfing courses; for absolute beginners, improvers or advanced surfers from experienced and friendly staff. We also offer great discounts for large groups, families, hen and stag do’s, team building and birthday parties. In all of our surfing lessons equipment is included free of charge and we provide onsite secure changing facilities, male/female toilets and a shower.

Advice from the RNLI

Always hire equipment from an RNLI Approved Hire Centre.

If you are a beginner, always surf on a lifeguarded beach. Click here for a list of lifeguarded beaches.


If all you want to do is surf, we recommend that you stay as close as possible to Porthmeor Beach, so that you can fall out of bed and straight onto the beach!

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