There are some fantastic water sports to try during your stay at Guernsey’s stunning Duke of Richmond or Old Government House hotels, but surfing has to be one of our favourites. And with summer just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to squeeze yourself into a wetsuit and hit the surf. We’ve put together a little guide to surfing in Guernsey, perfect for beginners and experienced surfers alike.
How to Get Started
Whether you want to brush up on your surfing skills or you’re a total beginner who needs to learn some surfing ABCs, the Guernsey Surf School is the place to go. Approved by the International Surf Association, the school offers a great programme of classes, from family lessons and birthday parties to one-on-one training.
Everything you’ll need for your lessons is provided by the school (and included in the price), so all you have to do is turn up. The instructors are all qualified beach lifeguards and coaches as well, so you’ll be in perfectly safe hands. Talented and accredited, they’ll give you the confidence and the skills you need to go surfing in Guernsey and beyond.
Closed during the off season (October to May), the Guernsey Surf School can be found in Vazon Bay.
Guernsey Surf Spots
There are 27 beautiful beaches on the island, so finding the perfect surfing spot isn’t exactly difficult, but – for safety – it’s best to choose where to go based on your skill level.
On the northwest side of the island, Vazon Beach is a great launching point for beginners thanks to the clearly marked zones. Local surfers suggest that it’s best to surf in Vazon roughly two or three hours before or after high tide.
For those more experienced with a surfboard, you can enjoy some of the best surfing Guernsey at Portinfer, which is known for its surf-friendly swells.
Equipment and Gear
When you’re ready to go out on your own, set off for Guernsey Surf School and pick up your gear. Rented on a first-come first-served basis, it’s best to get there early in the day during peak season to make sure you get everything you need (including wetsuits). Experienced surfers will be happy to know that the school also has the widest range of surfboards and bodyboards on the island available to hire.
For those who’d rather buy than rent, head down to either the Yakwax shop on the Portinfer Coast Road, or Freedom on L’Islet Crossroads. Both shops stock a great range of surfboards and wetsuits, not to mention clothing and accessories, should you want to fully embrace the surfer lifestyle.
Remember your surfing etiquette. Your instructor will teach you all about it, but if you forget, you can always brush up on your surfing Ps and Qs back at the Guernsey Surf Club. From “Don’t ditch your board” to “Respect the beach”, these aren’t hard and fast rules, but more of a code of conduct to follow to get the most out of surfing in Guernsey.
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