Cornwall is one of the more isolated and distinct parts of the UK but is one of the most popular with travellers from all over the world. It is home to some of the best beach towns in the UK, and most of its little towns are tucked between cliffs at the mercy of the fierce Atlantic Ocean. It's cosy nature, surfer-hippy-beach-town vibes are something you want to experience. It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited.
Cornwall is relatively warmer than other parts of the UK and has magnificent long coastlines. It has the most fantastic scenery and diverse Celtic heritage all combined with tales of smuggling and pirates. Cornwall is increasingly becoming a popular destination for kitesurfing.
Cornwall is also famous for its notorious wave, The Cribbar; which is also known as the Widow Maker. It is a reef off the Towan Headland in Newquay. The Cribbar is best known for creating big annual waves up to 9 meters and is extremely popular with experienced big wave surfers from around the world. Even though Cornwall is more famous for surfers in general, slowly but surely the kitesurfing community is growing. If you have wanted to master those strapless skills, you've come to the right place!
Wind and Weather
Cornwall is known to have colder winters and warmer summers than other areas in the UK. In the winter time, the average temperature ranges from 1°C to 4°C and in the summer months from 18°C to 22°C. Cornwall is one of the windiest areas in the UK, and the majority of winds come from the south-west and north-east.
Having a car or van is the most comfortable and convenient way to get to and explore Cornwall. If you don't then Newquay has its very own airport which can be reached from many major UK airports. From the airport its a short bus or taxi to the center of Newquay. Getting around once you are in Cornwall may be little more tricky if you don't have your own transport. Taxies are available and they can drive you close to the kite spots but watch out, those fares build up pretty quickly! It may be a lot cheaper to look at hiring a car.
Food and Drink
The first thing you should tick off your 'Cornish food list' is a warm Cornish Pasty! It is recognised as the national dish of Cornwall and accounts for 6% of the Cornish food economy. You'll find many little shops specialised in all sort of pasties with different fillings; they are delicious! Other than that, there are loads of small bars, cafe and restaurants around to choose from.
As much as Cornwall is known for its tranquillity, beaches, and surfing; Newquay is also a charming party town, especially on weekends. Newquay probably hosts more stag/hen do's, weddings, honeymooners, graduations parties, birthdays, and pretty much any celebratory occasion than anywhere in the UK; you'll always find a party going on here!
If there is no wind in any of the spots, then it's probably the best time to talk a walk in Newquay which is the original Cornish beach town. Fistral beach is one of the most popular beaches in Newquay and one of the top surf spots in the UK. Travellers come from all over the UK to soak up the rays here and surf.
There are many other things to do in Cornwall, besides the beach. There are many quirky towns, castles, museums, theatres and of course the famous zip line at Adrenalin Quarry.
Most of the restaurants and the hotels will have wifi. The reception on the roads and beaches can be quite poor if you are using your 4G on your smartphone. My advice is that if you have an important call/email, I suggest you do that before you head to the beach because, in the more rural areas, you may not have a good connection.
There are many hotels and Air BnB around but if it is possible; I strongly suggest experiencing Cornwall in a camper van! It's the easiest way to follow the wind, have your kites and be flexible all at the same time. After a day of kitesurfing, there are showers at most of the kitesurfing spots, and on occasion, you will find some hot ones.
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Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in Cornwall?
Daymar bay is a little beach dead opposite Hawkers Cove, a popular flat water spot on the west side of the estuary. Daymer is a little more exposed to the incoming swell and some small waves. Daymer Bay is possible to ride regardless of the tide. There's usually a little bit of beach to launch and land. There a few boats around the estuary, so remember to keep a safe distance from them.
- Wind: Daymer Bay will work on a south to south-west as well as a north to north-west. Avoid kitesurfing with any wind from the east and purely from the west, as it can be really gusty
- Waves: Small waves
- Shorebreak: None
Watergate Bay is a massive beach just down the road from Newquay and an excellent wave spot. Make sure you check the wind once you walk down from the car pack to the beach because it always seems windier at the top of the cliff. Landing and launching your kite can also be tricky the closer you are to the cliff as the wind can get turbulent and suddenly drop. There will be many surfers on the beach as well so keep an eye out for them as well. The area is patrolled by lifeguards and each sport is confined to a dedicated zone. The kitesurf zone is at the easterly end of the beach but you should see clear signs indicating the kitesurf zone.
- Wind: Watergate Bay will work on anything from a south west to a north-north east wind. If you ride a surfboard, you'll be looking for cross shore winds.
- Waves: Yes
- Shorebreak: None
Get ready to hike! Perranporth is located at the bottom of a massive cliff but once you reach the bottom its an endless beach and waves. There are 2 kitesurfing spots and you should avoid kiting 3 hours either side of high tide. There isn't enough room on the beach to safely launch/land your kite at either kitesurfing spot. Perranporth usually offers flat sections on the water between waves and the waves don't close out as quickly.
- Wind: the wind changes often but kite-able on anything from a south-west clockwise to north
- Waves: Yes
- Shorebreak: None
Marazion is located on Mounts Bay near Penzance and has varied conditions from waves to flat water (depending on wind direction) it is a spectacular place to kitesurf.
There are a few reefs at Marazion that are submerged at higher tides so just be careful if it's your first time at the spot. Make sure you are careful launching/landing your kite as there is a wall along the beach (parking) and you will also need to avoid kitesurfing 2 hours before and after high tide.
- Wind: works best with South East to a South West wind when it comes from the south it is on shore
- Waves: Some
- Shorebreak: None
When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in Cornwall?
The windy months to go kitesurfing in Cornwall are January, February, March, April, October, November, December
Kitesurfing Hotels and Accommodation in Cornwall
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