Explore the best winter surf spots in Cornwall with Fried Sundays
24 January 2024
Falmouth Illustration BA(Hons) graduate, Fried Sundays founder and RNLI lifeguard Abby Mundell shows us around her favourite winter surf spots in Cornwall.
We recently visited Abby Mundell, a graduate from our Illustration BA(Hons) degree and founder of surf lifestyle brand Fried Sundays, to film an episode of our Ones to Watch series. Not only is Abby a thriving entrepreneur, she’s also an RNLI lifeguard at Praa Sands on the south coast of Cornwall. While we were with Abby, we asked her to share her favourite surf spots to visit during the blustery winter months.
If I were going to go for a surf, I'd probably head to Godrevy, first. And if the surf was a little bit too big at Godrevy, I'd probably head down the Hayle stretch towards Mexico Towans or Hayle Beach. I personally like it when it's about a mid to high tide.
I like to head to Porthtowan because it's one of the closest spots to Falmouth – it's only half an hour's drive, which is great. Also, at Porthtowan, you have the Blue Bar for dirty fries and a hot chocolate after a surf!
I would also head to Porthtowan for cold water swimming too. You can go to the sea pool on the right-hand side of the beach if you're looking out to the sea, which is great. If you get there and the surf is a bit too rough or anything for a dip.
I work on Praa Sands as a lifeguard. It does have a tendency to break quite steeply, but if you get it when it's about two to three feet, it can be lovely waves.
If you’re heading to the beach and you are a bit uncertain about the waves or the conditions and about where to go, you just check the forecast before going even look at the webcam, see if it looks like an appropriate size for you, you can also see how busy it is and if you have much competition for the waves!
Top tips: staying safe and finding your community
When it comes to surfing, it’s crucial that you understand your abilities and what works best for you. As Abby mentioned, it's important to check forecasts, tidal times and webcams before you set off – our surfing community recommends trying Surfline.
If you’re a surfer or you’re keen to learn while you’re studying in Cornwall, you’ll find lots of likeminded people through the Students’ Union’s many clubs and societies.