Because of its geography, Newquay has become the ideal spot for surfing in UK. People flock to the north coast of Cornwall with much enthusiasm for water adventures including surfing. While the place is absolutely perfect, the trip can be unsafe for beginners. Here are some tips for beginners:
Check the weather report
Sure, Newquay weather is generally ideal. But take precautions and check weather reports. Pay attention to humidity and temperature. There are occasions when surfers push too far and end up getting heat stroke.
Alongside weather reports are tidal reports. While tides are mischievous and unpredictable, check on wind velocity, if possible, to somehow foresee the currents.
Choose the right beach
There's a wide selection of beaches to surf in Newquay. It isn't called the surf capital in UK without a reason. Choose the right beach for your level.
If you're novice, Watergate Bay is great. The tides are mid-high and breaks are on both sides, ideal for safe yet equally powerful waves. Great Western is also suitable for beginners. Although this is less exposed compared to Tolcarne, the waves are consistent regardless of tidal ranges. Exercise caution though as there is a rock outcrop that casts danger as it becomes hidden during high tides.
Choose the right surf accommodation
There are loads of great holiday accommodation options in Newquay and Cornwall. It is important to have somewhere comfortable and affordable to stay when surfing as you will need your sleep. A lot of beginner surfers opt for campsites and cheap hostels but there are many great surfer hotels and self catering holiday apartments in Newquay.
Get to know the geography
Be familiar with rock formations, openings, and nearby rivers to avoid accidents. For instance, the Crantock Beach is also ideal for beginners because of consistent river break, especially under favourable conditions. But there are rips too dangerous for beginners to handle. Same goes for the South Fistral. The best technique here is to ask the locals. They know the terrain better than Google does.
Go for crowded or patrolled beaches It's highly recommended to go to crowded and patrolled beaches. You may share waves with others, but at least somebody can assist you with your surfing needs. If accidents happen, there is immediate help. Going for crowded beaches also enables socialisation with other surfers, both experts and novices. You learn more tips from them.
Lusty Glaze can give you some serious swells although there are dangerous outcrops there. Many of the beaches in and around Newquay are patrolled by RNLI during the summer months.
Also popular among bodyboarders and beginner surfers is the Porth Beach. It picks up on awesome swells because of it's an exposed beach. However it's not ideal for high surf due to perilous rip currents.
Bring a first aid kit
Of course, this is important. You should be ready with medicines in case injuries happen. If you have asthma or hyperventilation history, then first aid is really a must.
Surf with others
When surfing for the first time, always go in groups. Surfing can be overwhelming, and you may forget about safety. Your buddies can be your look-out. And don't drink when surfing, whether in Newquay or in some other place.
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