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Then, tired after a journey of countless miles, the wave’s energy dissipates, and Leanne tumbles into the whitewater, emerging from the froth with that glow every waverider will recognise: stoke.

An hour-and-a-half later, her intoxication yet to evaporate, she gently protests as Peter and I decide to call it a day.

At the surf shop, Steve, an old, bronzed sea dog, his deep tan testament to the fact he’s no weekend warrior, listens intently to her tales, surely having heard thousands similar, but indulging her in that laidback manner all Cornish folk seem to possess.

And as he does, the dolphins, those graceful acrobats of the sea, frolic their way back across the bay, no doubt cursing today’s small swell, but, like us, making themselves a promise to soon return to the UK’s surfing capital for another dose of sunshine and stoke.

Getting there

First Great Western has trains running daily from London Paddington to Newquay from £52.50 return. The journey takes approximately five hours. 

firstgreatwestern.co.uk

Eat, Drink, Sleep

Be sure to get a meal at Kahuna Restaurant And Beach Bar at Tolcarne Beach. The establishment has upmarket charm and style, and is a genuine suntrap with views unimpeded by anything more than passing birds and boats. Mains from £10.
kahunatolcarne.co.uk

Set above the cliffs of Pentire Headland The Lewinnick Lodge serves modern British food hospitalitycornwall.com

On The Rocks Bar, set over Towan Beach, prides itself on its affordable drinks, from £1.50. There’s a sun deck from which to enjoy panoramic views. ontherocksbar.co.uk

Reef Surf Bar has been voted the best bar in Newquay two years in a row. The bar becomes the place to party when the sun goes down. Pints from £2.50  reefsurflodge.info

Nestle into Tolcarne Apartments at Tolcarne Beach. A two bedroom apartment costs from £100-200 per night (sleeps four) and surf shacks cost from £60-£100 per night (sleeps four).  tolcarnebeach.com

Reef Surf Lodge offers packages from £44pp for a weekend stay. reefsurflodge.info

Jahn was hosted by Newquay Business Improvement and the Tolcarne Beach Surf School  visitnewquay.com

 

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