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UK Surfing Guide: Tips and Tricks for Riding Waves in Britain

by Dan Chapman 04 Jan 2023 0 Comments
UK Surfing Guide: Tips and Tricks for Riding Waves in Britain

The United Kingdom may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of surfing destinations, but it actually has some great spots for beginner and intermediate surfers. With its varied coastline and relatively consistent wave conditions, the UK can offer a unique and enjoyable surfing experience.

If you're planning to try surfing in the UK, here are a few things you should know:

  1. The best time to surf in the UK is from autumn to spring, when the waves tend to be more consistent and the water is at its warmest (relatively speaking, of course). The summer months can also be good for surfing, but the water tends to be colder and the waves can be more unpredictable.

  2. The UK has a variety of surf spots to choose from, ranging from exposed open coast breaks to sheltered bays and estuaries. Some popular surf spots in the UK include Fistral Beach in Cornwall, Croyde Bay in Devon, and Thurso East in Scotland - the North Sea also offers some opportunities to surf in East Anglia and North East.

  3. If you're a beginner, it's important to take a lesson from a qualified buddy or  instructor. Surfing can be a challenging and potentially dangerous sport, so it's important to learn proper techniques and safety practices from the start. Many surf schools in the UK offer lessons for all levels of experience, and most will provide all the equipment you need. Learn about riptides and how to spot them and get out of them.

  4. Don't forget to bring the right gear. A wetsuit is essential for surfing in the UK, as the water temperature can be quite cold even in the summer. You'll also need a surfboard, which you can either rent or buy. Make sure to choose a board that's appropriate for your level of experience and the type of waves you'll be surfing.

  5. Respect the local surf culture and etiquette. Surfing can be a competitive sport, but it's important to remember that everyone is there to have fun and enjoy the waves. Follow the rules of the lineup, be considerate of other surfers, and respect the beach and the ocean.

Overall, surfing in the UK can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for beginners and experienced surfers alike. With its diverse surf spots and relatively consistent waves, the UK is a great place to learn to surf or improve your skills. Just remember to stay safe, respect the local surf culture, and have fun!

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