The UK’s best surf spots
Best for... beginners
Watergate Bay, Cornwall
Two miles north of Newquay sits the two mile sandy stretch of Watergate Bay. The English National Surfing Championships took place here in 2007, and Jamie Olivers restaurantFifteen Cornwallsits above the beach. The waves are perfect for all abilities, and its well lifeguarded and safe for families, says Ben Skinner, European longboard champion.
When to goThe sea is at its warmest and the ocean most gentle between May and September, says Jayce Robinson, English Open champion 2010.
Best for... guaranteed big waves
Ireland is full of big wave spots, but Bundoran, on the north-west coast, is Robinsons favourite. The natural reef and the angry Atlantic combine to create often huge barrels, but its the variety of waves that keeps visitors coming back. Just make sure you pack a decent wet suit, as the water can be tepid, to say the least.
When to goThe biggest waves come in the winter months, but its not for the faint-hearted, says Skinner.
Best for... post-surf pints
St Ives, Cornwall
Porthmeor beach in St.Ives has one of the countrys best surf schools, with professional easy-going instructors, says Robinson. Wander into town after a day in the water and hitThe Sloop one of the oldest pubs in the county. Alternatively, Perranporth, 25 miles up the coast, has great surf and claims the UKs only bar on the beach:The Watering Hole.
When to goSummer is vibrant and buzzing from June through to September, says Robinson.
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