The Salty Sea Dog
There is sometimes a small ride-able wave at Gyllly and when larger swells arrive surf conditions can be as big and clean as those on the North Coast beaches making both Gylly and Swanpool frequented surf spots in Cornwall. The centre of both bays have sandy bottoms with reef to the east and west ends of both beaches. Crowds can be a problem as these are town beaches.
It’s a short drive to many other fabulous surf spots in Cornwall from Kinbrae House. When the South Coast spots are not working, as they need a larger swell, then it’s likely that there could be a wave breaking on the North Coast. There are some great secret spots and plenty of known hangouts to brave the waves and its lovely to know that you have a gorgeous apartment to relax in when you get home after a hard days surfing.
For the veteran surfer Kinbrae House is located about 40 minutes drive from Godrevy and Carbis Bays and about a 45 minute drive to Newquay and the many other surf beaches of the North Coast. There are larger and more remote beaches to be found with multiple breaks so crowds are not generally as much of a problem.
Remember during good swells and school holidays the breaks close to towns will tend to be more crowded and paid parking is generally a rule of thumb. If you are a National Trust member you can park for Free at Godrevy and other large beaches on NT land throughout Cornwall.
We are lucky to have some of the cleanest water in Europe if not the world so watch out for seals, basking sharks and dolphins as well as a superb array of sea birds whilst catching some glassy green barrels roll in.
Happy wave hunting and enjoy our waters, but most of all “surf safe.” Here are a few tips.
- If you have not surfed in Cornwall or its your first time surfing a new break, then always let someone know where you are going to go surfing.
- If possible try and surf with friends. If surfing on your own then make yourself known to other surfers in the water with you.
- Don’t paddle out in the line up if you can avoid it.
- Surfers are pretty friendly and will let you know about any strong rips and where the rocks are hiding!
- Always research where you are going to go surfing before entering the water. If no one is surfing a break and its not a break you have heard about then it probably isn’t safe to surf there.
- Check the tide table to make sure that you won’t get cut off by the incoming tide.
- A lot of our beaches are patrolled by the RNLI life guard service but be responsible even on monitored beaches and always stay out of swimming areas.
- Do not go out when the waves are too big for your own ability.
- Be vigilant and watch out for fellow surfers and swimmers in the surrounding water.
For the wanna-bee surfer, there are many clubs and companies offering surf board hire and lessons throughout Cornwall. Here are a few:-
Surfing Great Britain. Website: – www.surfinggb.com
DanJoel Surf School – Mullion – Helston. Website: – www.danjoelsurf.com
Fistral Beach. Website: – www.fistralbeachsurfschool.co.uk
Mawnan Porth Website: – www.thesurfclubcornwall.co.uk
David and Tamara, both surfers, are happy to give advice where the best places to surf will be on a given day.
If you fancy braving the waves but are not yet a hardened surfer then Wesup on Gylly Beach offer courses and rental for stand up paddle boarding and Kayaking. Close by are the bays of Swanpool and Maenporth from where you can hire surfboards and kayaks too and take surfing lessons.
For Surf Lessons at Maenporth contact:- Website: www.falmouthsurfschool.co.uk
For stand up and kayaking lessons and hire contact Sean White at:- Wesup – Cliff Road – Falmouth TR11 4PA. Telephone: 01326 311830 Website: – www.wesup.co.uk
There is a place to keep your boards and dry your wetsuits out at Kinbrae House and even a hot outdoor shower! Please keep your “boardies” on though when showering – after all we don’t want to frighten the neighbours!