A revival is a-happenin’ thanks to those Cornish Surfer crowds. The vintage VW Camper Van is hitting the scene around the World with a huge splash! Mostly associated with the surfing scene, the VW camper has long enjoyed peaceful retirement at the bottom of the garden or buried in the European scrap heaps…until now.
Some outstanding renovations of this iconic VW have delivered automobile real eye-candy around the globe and as a result they are commanding huge sums of money (comparitively speaking). The demand for second hand VW Campers and Camper parts has rocketed over the past three to five years and this former RV of the 70′s bohemian family really has risen to a cult status particularly in the surfing community.
As iconic as it is, with it’s association in surfing circles and Cornwall, the cornish pasty business owner also stakes his claim on the camper. There are businesses out there who have adopted this icon as their catering van for selling pasties from!
Perranporth is known to be the most southerly of the north coast surfing areas, not as popular as the Newquay coastal areas, but with the correct conditions offer a great surf experience. Located approximately 10 miles to the south of Newquay this location offers some of the most beautiful surfing scenery along the south west shorelines. The 3 mile long beach, which is fully lifeguarded between May to September, offers a wide variety of waves making it sutable for all class of surfer. A resume of surfing conditions is offered below:-
Perran Bay a short walk will take you there, so it naturally has fewer surfers
Perranporth has a 3 mile long sandy beach, offering a whole range of surf for all abilities
Penhale Corner you can surf here, just as long as the army are not using the firing range nearby!
Trevaunace Cove faces north, draws crowds when the conditions are right
Chapel Porth tiny beach, only for experts
Porthtowan Beach you can get good tubing waves here
Portreath big swells round the harbour walls for the experts
There is a long standing association with Cornwall and quality surfing, perhaps the UK’s foremost surfing attraction being that based in Newquay…the home of British Surfing and the British Surfing Association. The diversity that Newquays coast offers, extends to an all encompassing surfing experience, whether expert or novice!
Newquay offers many opportunities for the more challenging winds and swells to coastal areas. Surfers from across the globe congregate around the shores of Newquay to enjoy the diversity of surf. A resume of styles to surfing in and around Newquay is suggested below:-
Mawgan Porth is said to only be active during strong easterly winds.
Watergate Bay is sandy and flat and frequented by the novice surfer.
Whipsiderry is a sheltered area from the South Westerly winds.
Newquay Bay has 3 sandy beaches which are best avoided in summer.
Fistral is the most famous of the UKs surfing beaches, the best and most challenging!
Crantock Bay offers great surfing when the conditions are right.
Holywell is best experienced around low tide.
It is therefore not unusual to expect that the legendary cornish pasty also has a worldwide fellowship, the surfing community alone is strongly associated with the pasty and with a world wide surfing attraction, the aroma of the cornish pasty goes far beyond Cornwalls coastline!