Top Places to Surf in the UK this Summer!

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With the 13th longest coastline in the World (more than Brazil, Mexico and India!), and great exposure to the Atlantic Ocean, it is no surprise that the UK has some of the best surfing beaches around. As the weather and sea temperatures increase in the summer, it is the perfect place to explore and get some of the surf action. Whether you are a beginner wanting to try surfing for the first time, or a seasoned pro looking to find something special, there are so many options of places to surf in the UK. Here are some of our favourites!

Putsborough, North Devon

We are obviously a bit biased being based in Devon ourselves, but this section of North Devon coastline is just stunning and encompasses a selection of beautiful surf beaches such as Croyde, Saunton and Woolacombe. We love heading to the quieter end of the massive Woolacombe beach, to Putsborough. Nicely sheltered from the South by Baggy Point, it is a top surf spot, and less crowded than nearby beaches. You can approach Putsborough through Croyde, and park right on the beach. There are also two campsites – one right on the beach in an amazing location and another quiet site back on the clifftop. The beach has toilets and a cafe so everything you need for a great day or weekend surfing!

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Putsborough from Marine Drive

You can also access the beach from the Woolacombe side, and park on Marine Drive, a road which goes behind the beach. There you can access the quiet middle section of the beach to really get away from the crowds. There is a beautiful new cafe in the car park at the top called The Porthole which is perfect for lunch or a post-surf coffee and ice cream!

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View of the beach from Woolacombe

Crantock, Cornwall

Often in the shadow of its nearby Newquay neighbours of Fistral and Watergate Bay, we think the wildness and relative emptiness of Crantock makes it a better prospect if you are in the area. Managed by the National Trust (so members can park for free), you feel a world away from the bustle of Newquay. There are beautiful walks down the Pentire Headland where you can watch the sunset from the end, and along The Gannel estuary. And of course there is great surfing to be had. There are surf lessons and hire from Big Green Surf School, who also rent SUPs and run SUP tours around the headland too.

Photo: Mike Simmonds – www.nationaltrust.org.uk/crantock-beach

Llangennith, Gower Peninsula, Wales

Wales has many spectacular beaches, but this is commonly seen as one of the best, not only in Wales but in Europe! Miles of stunning wild sand backed by dunes and with the iconic Worms Head at one end. The surf is consistently good all along it’s length, so there is plenty of space to spread out and find your own spot. You can stay right on the beach at Hillend campsite, perfect for a weekend or week to surf in the UK this summer.

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Iconic Worms Head, Llangennith

Saltburn, North Yorkshire

Saltburn is a long-established surf centre of the North of England. Alongside the pretty Cayton Bay a little down the coast, both beaches offer great surfing for all abilities. While thousands of Brits flock down to Cornwall and Devon in the summer holidays, why not head the opposite direction and try out these gems instead? North Yorkshire is a beautiful place to visit with the North York Moors and beautiful seaside towns to explore too.

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@saltburnsurfschool

Portrush, Northern Ireland

Maybe more famous for its golf course than its surf beaches, Portrush is a beautiful spot on the North coast of Northern Ireland. A holiday here on your surf tour of the UK could mean a trip to the famous Giants Causeway just down the road, or visiting the biggest lake in the UK Lough Neagh.

There are plenty of places to stay in Portrush, and surf shops and surf schools to choose from.

Dalmore Bay, Scotland

Scotland has many amazing surf and non-surf beaches. Our top pick is not the most popular or well known, but offers an extra adventure to get there as it is on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Less crowded than breaks on the mainland, and getting the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, it is a wild place to go. You may also be in with a chance of spotting orcas and dolphins as you paddle out.

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Photo – www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk

In need of surf equipment, accessories or a wetsuit for your UK surf trip this summer? Check out our extensive range of kids and adults summer wetsuits, beginner surfboards, intermediate to advanced shortboards, beautiful longboards and SUPs on our website – www.circle-one.co.uk or give us a call on 0330 043 1256 to find the perfect products for you!

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How To Learn To Surf

You’ve decided to learn to surf?

Learning to surf could be one of the most frustrating things you will ever do, but also one of the most rewarding. With the correct guidance you can master the art of riding waves in an elegant and stylish way. (Only the exceptional few have actually mastered it, such as the likes of Kelly Slater, but we can dream.) The learning process is much longer and drawn out than most sports and even when you think “yes this is it! I’ve got this” you will take a few more steps backwards. One of the biggest lessons most seasoned surfers learn is that they wish they learnt the correct way, or without ‘that’ bad habit.

So here’s our take on learning to surf.

Most importantly, take surf lessons! Surf lessons are available at most of our popular surfing beaches here in the UK. Taking surf lessons will allow you to learn how to surf the correct way without the common bad habits of some seasoned surfers. Imagine learning the wrong basic techniques and then having to “unlearn” your bad habits before you can continue your progression. Surfing England is the recognised National Governing Body in England, look out for this accreditation when selecting your surf school.

So you’ve done some lessons, maybe even hired a board and surfed a few times. You are ready to move onto the next stage.

Buying your first surfboard.

Having the correct equipment helps you perform in any sport and surfing is no different to this. The level of which you are at will hugely affect your surfboard purchase. Choosing an incorrect surfboard will completely change your experience, maybe even ruin surfing for you. Getting this right is a must. Basically when you learn to surf you will need to look for large volume and flat rocker (the curvature of the board). You could choose either longboard’s, Mini Malibu’s or foam boards that are wide, thick. Our favourites to learn to surf are the 8ft Razor Mini Mal and the 7 ft Soft-board, both surfboards have a lot of float and a flat rocker allowing for a high wave count and maximum fun when learning.

Where to surf?

Where you are going to learn to surf is extremely important. Surfing spots vary incredibly. Most surfers will tell you “learn on a beach break” this is correct, however this advice isn’t always the best. Always check out the specific beach conditions before heading out, look out for tell tale signs that the conditions may be above your ability. Are the waves heavy? Are they mellow? Some beaches have a consistency for being a beginners wave however even in large swells this could be too much. Check out local surf forecasting websites who give you the lowdown on exactly what is happening in the water. (For example Eyeball Surf http://www.eyeballhq.tv).

The main lesson

And finally for us the most important lesson is persistence and enjoyment! If you keep surfing as often as you can and laugh even when its not going as planned, you will be gliding along waves in no time.

Are you using a Circle One surfboard? Join the community, use the hashtag #CircleOneSurfCo on Instagram, we always love to see our surfboards being enjoyed.