This year, we’re teaming up with George’s Surf School to offer classes off site. Whether you’re a confident pro or a complete novice, no trip to Cornwall would be complete without a go on a board!

Cornwall is the UK’s undisputed surfing capital with the most consistent swells and variety of surf beaches. While the south coast has beautiful beaches, it is predominantly the north coast that enjoys the bulk of surf-able waves during the summer months. The suitability of any surf spot depends on the size of the swell hitting and how the tide effects a particular beach. Use lifeguarded beaches and if in doubt don’t go out!

Here are four great surf beaches within an hour of Port Eliot.

Polzeath (1hr) For those wanting to learn and improve their surfing, Polzeath is the queen of the north coast. A gently sloping beach, it produces perfect rolling waves ideal for learning and progressing. The home of George’s Surf School.

Whitsand Bay (30 mins) The closest surf beach to Port Eliot, with three miles of beautiful sand and surf from Rame Head to Portwrinkle. However, being a south coast beach the waves are less consistent during the summer months. Access is by steep paths and steps and best accessed at low tide.

Watergate Bay (1 hr) Another north coast favourite with surfers, Watergate Bay works best on a low to mid tide for learners and mid to high tide for more advanced surfers. A large, open bay the beach is home to great food and views from Watergate Bay hotel and Fifteen Cornwall restaurant.

Constantine Bay (1hr 10) A great surf beach, Constantine’s wild beauty and its combination of reef at the south end and sandy beach is popular with intermediate and advanced surfers.

For anyone wanting to learn to surf or improve, George’s Surf School is situated at Polzeath beach, which is an hour’s drive from Port Eliot. George’s Surf School is a specialist centre for surfing; delivering private lessons to children and adults of all ages and abilities. For more information visit our website or email We offer 10% discount for Port Eliot ticket holders.

George Stoy
George’s Surf School