My first time surfing. If you are a complete beginner, Newquay is the perfect destination. The beaches are within walking distance to the city centre, and there are plenty of surf schools and beach shops.
If you are looking for an Australian British surf experience, don’t look any further. The Goldilocks hair do ratio is impressive, and I haven’t come across that many skateboards in a while. All in all, it makes for a relaxed seaside town with some of the most impressive waves and beautiful beaches.
My husband and I drove down on a Sunday morning from London. It took about 4 and half hours to get there, without any major breaks. It can be quite packed in summer, so try and book well in advance. We stayed in the Sunnyside Hotel, a basic, but friendly and cheerful hotel at the seafront.
If you can, get some coffee and pastries at one of the stores close by and have breakfast at Towan Beach early on in the morning.
To surf, go to Fistral Beach. It is a bit less central than the other beaches, but the waves and unspoiled beach and sea views are breathtaking, in particular on an early morning, when it is not yet that busy.
We booked lessons with Fistral Beach Surf School. The staff and instructor were super friendly and the wetsuits and boards were off good quality. A two-hour intensive class should teach you enough to manage to stand on your board and enjoy the thrill of making it to shore without swallowing half of the ocean. Don’t get me wrong, you WILL swallow water. A lot. But it will be worth it.
Surfing has been an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to get back on a board.