A three-hour surf lesson for beginners can be booked from Sunset Surf Cafe, a five-minute walk from the beach. Beginning with a short on-land lesson with one of the experts, families are taken through the various safety points, including knowing your flags and ensuring the board you’re using is leashed to your ankle. Surfing is easy in theory: hands on either side of your board, paddle away from the wave, jump onto your knees and then pop up and twist into the surf position, standing up. But in practice, it can be a little trickier, although teens tend to pick it up more quickly than adults. sunset-surf.com
Know your flags
Staying safe is paramount at sea, and so the training session rightly spends time going through the key safety procedures. Gwithian Towans has full lifeguard cover in the summer and during October half term but for the winter, you need to rely on the flags. Some important signs to remember include the double red flags, which means the beach closed to the public; a single red flag, indicating high surf or fast currents; and the green flag, which flies during calm conditions. Surfers and bodyboarders should stick between the black-and-white chequered flags and swimmers between the red-and- yellow flags. surfingengland.org
Where to stay
Opened in summer 2021, Three Mile Beach features a collection of 15 three- and four-bedroom, self-catering beach houses. It’s perfect for families as it’s less than five minutes’ walk from Gwithian Towans and just a stone’s throw from Sunset Surf Cafe. Each of the houses comes with well-equipped kitchens, comfy sofas and king-size beds. Garden-cum-decking areas feature a hammock, sauna, jacuzzi and barbecue, too, and private chef hire is available for special occasions. Wetsuits can be pre- ordered and surf lessons booked through Sunset Surf Cafe. From £2,400 per week in low season for a three-bedroom house. threemilebeach.co.uk
This article was originally published in the December 2021 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK).
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