Surfing location mini guides for families.

Surfing location mini guides for families are designed to give bitesize info. As a family, you don’t necessarily want pounding waves with tricky access/get out points. More likely you’ll be after something mum and dad can make use of as well as the kids being able to get wet and have fun. Being a family orientated business NCW know how tricky choosing the right location can be.

This is why we’ve put together NCW’s family friendly surfing spots mini guides. Here you’ll find bitesize info about various locations we have firsthand knowledge of. This is an ongoing list and will be added to regularly. If you can’t find a venue of interest then message us and we’ll do our best to add it.

Check out the map above, click on the location pin of choice and see what we say about that particular beach and conditions. Note: this is a work in progress and more locations will be added moving forwards. Some example locations below.

Mini guide: Polzeath, Cornwall.


Polzeath, Cornwall.

Spot type:

Fairly large beach break that expands in size as the tide drops. Can nearly disappear on big high tides.


Polzeath is an extremely popular, typical North Cornwall beach break. It doesn’t have too many hazards to consider. On smaller swells the wave is pretty easy going.

E winds are offshore with Polzeath being open to Wly breeze and storms.

It can be very crowded at times but with plenty of amenities within a short walk, it’s great for families. Get there early to park (which you can do right on the sand if there’s space)!


Beachfront shops, cafes, surf hire and cliffside accommodation. This is the closest family friendly surfing spot to NCW’s Rubber Shack which is just up the road a few miles away.

Mini guide: Daymer Bay, Cornwall.


Daymer Bay, Cornwall.

Spot type:

Semi-sheltered beach break that sits at the mouth of the Camel Estuary. Waves are usually very small and suitable for kids learning. Super tidal though! So be aware. If you’re on it with tide times, however, then it can be a great spot.


Daymer Bay does get waves. On solid swells, there’s a mythical right point that can be magic. It often doesn’t work though. So you’ll be extremely lucky to catch it firing.

The bay does get very mellow rolling swell that can be perfect for teaching kids. It should be made clear, however, that Daymer is extremely tidal. Strong outgoing flows from the Camel Estuary make it specific to slack water. Don’t get caught out! The beach can mostly disappear at high water as well.

At the right stage of tide, Daymer can be lovely with a picturesque sandy beach and backdrop. It does get busy during peak times. The narrow road down to the beach can be chocka block in summer. 

There’s a small beach shop onsite with toilet facilities. More amenities can be found elsewhere. Back into Polzeath and round towards Rock have more going on. There are a few decent pubs in the area too. Or, alternatively, head over to Padstow.

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