Bude, North Cornwall is home to two of the top 7 surfers to look out for in 2018; Reubyn Ash and Jobe Harris.
Reubyn Ash is recognised as one of the best surfers in the UK right now. Often seen surfing alongside his brother Joss, won the Men’s Open last year (2017).
Jobe Harriss was Men’s Open winner in 2016, but narrowly missed out on the title in 2017. Jobe is the highest placed British surfer at the Boardmasters WSl QS1000 for the last 2 years.
The other 5 top surfers are listed as Patrick Langdon-Dark from Swansea, Wales, Sam Hearn based in Exeter, Alys Barton, Lucy Campbell based in Woolacombe, and Lukas Skinner from St Agnes, North Cornwall. All 7 are now competing on the World Surf League Qualifying Series. For more information visit UKProSurf.com
Bude North Cornwall
Bude North Cornwall attracts surfers worldwide due to its 5 west facing beaches that provide challenging surf from the Atlantic swell. These best surfing beaches cater for surfers from beginner to experienced, with surf lessons available from qualified and experienced surfers.
SUMMERLEAZE BEACH is suitable for both experienced surfers and beginners. Lifeguards are on the beach throughout the summer months and there are several nearby surf schools offering courses for complete novices or intermediates wanting to brush up on their skills. These include: Big Blue Surf School, Bude Surfing Experience, and Raven Surf.
CROOKLETS BEACH Crooklets is a short drive north along the coast from Bude, Great for experienced surfers, however watch out for submerged rocks at high tide and occasional rip tides. This beach has excellent facilities, with a large car park, a children’s play area, a skate park, a beach cafe and showers, and has lifeguards on duty every day between 6 May and 27 September. You can see what the waves are like via the Crooklets webcam, and surf hire is available from the nearby Big Blue Surf School.
WIDEMOUTH BAY stretches over one and a half miles is probably the most popular surfing beach as it is perfect for learners with experienced surfers taking advantage of the high tide. Check out the surf on the Widemouth Bay webcam. For surf hire and lessons, choose from Outdoor Adventure or Freewave Surf Academy. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards every day between 30 April and 25 September.
SANDYMOUTH BEACH is not for beginners due to its dangerous rips, currents and larger waves. RNLI lifeguards are present at the beach patrolling every day between 21 May and 25 September. Dogs are welcome on the beach all year round. However, with a fairly steep ravine leading down to the beach from the carpark, plus some steps, access to the beach is particularly difficult for the less mobile and for families with pushchairs. For surf hire, visit Sandymouth Surf School, and for the surf report, check the Sandymouth Surf Report and Forecast.
NORTHCOTT MOUTH. Northcott Mouth is a gem of a bay suitable for beginners when the surf is low, however when the surf gets bigger rip tides make it suitable only for experienced surfers. A word of warning, during spring high tides and sometimes at normal high tides, the rocks at the base of the cliffs can be submerged by the sea, creating danger for surfers. However, at low tide be watchful for the wreck of the SS Belem which comes into view.
A lifeguarded is usually on duty every day between 4 July and 6 September. Northcott Mouth is a National Trust beach with a small car park above. Bring your own picnic and surf board as there are very limited facilities if any.
Outside of Bude North Cornwall
Just a short drive from The Cottage are two further surfing beaches, loved by the local surf dudes:
TREBARWITH STRAND. Trebarwith is a great family favourite where lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer. A lovely sandy beach with the Port William Inn on the cliff above and cafes, and a surf board shop are close to the beach. The surf can get really high, great for the experienced surfers, but beginners can take advantage of low surf on balmy days. Car park a short walk from the beach. Trebarwith Strand beach is dog friendly all year round. Check out the Trebarwith Strand Surf Report and Forecast
CRACKINGTON HAVEN. Another favourite for surfers of all levels and a favourite for families with young children as great facilities are within a short walk from the beach, including the car park, shops and the Coombe Barton Inn which overlooks the beach and is dog friendly. Check out the Crackington Haven Surf Report and Forecast
For more information including postcodes for the above beaches and more, take a look at the North Cornwall beaches page on this website.