The Surfer (and other water activities)


With the Atlantic facing north coast of Cornwall rating so highly for great waves and epic scenery, the Bude area and its wild surf beaches are a brilliant destination for surfing in Cornwall. Many European Champion surfers were born and raised in the waves of Bude.

More experienced surfers will love exploring the stunning wild coastline nearby, while newcomers are well catered for with excellent surfing tuition and safe, accessible beaches close at hand. Our Bude beaches section gives you the lowdown on the best of them, along with the ideal tides to catch the best of the action. There are also some endless local and tidal nuances to discover and some amazing secret reef and point breaks. Half the fun of surfing in Bude and the surrounding area is in finding out all the local nuances and hot spots for yourself, but all we will say is seek and you shall discover!

Whether you are new to surfing, looking to hire wetsuits and surfboards or want to check the local surf conditions, we recommend Zumajay Surf Shop

Canoeing, rowing and kayaking Bude Canal offers the closest and most sheltered choice, where novices, youngsters and families can hire pedaloes, canoes and other small craft from Bude Rowing Boats for fun sessions on the water.  For beginners, local surf schools and activity providers can give you a safe headstart.

We recommend trying Bude Canoe Experience.

The more experienced might try the sea, Upper Tamar Lakes, Roadford Lake or the river Torridge

There are also plenty of coaching sessions with all the gear provided at Upper Tamar Lake, where it is also possible to launch your own craft with permission.

Many sailing experts cut their teeth in Cornwall. The open sea is no place for the inexperienced, but Upper Tamar Lake has special courses through the year where you can learn from friendly instructors and hire all the necessary gear. If you’re already a keen sailor, it is also possible to launch your own craft for a small fee.

Stand-up paddle boarding
Rapidly increasing in popularity, several local companies offer lessons in stand up paddle boarding in Bude, while you’ll also find the boards to buy or hire. An increasingly popular activity on beaches in Cornwall, it’s fun and easy to get into. It’s also a great alternative activity to try when the sea is too flat calm for surfing.

Several of the less busy beaches are ideal for windsurfing. In rougher conditions however, Upper Tamar Lake is another excellent location with plenty of space.