Dive into North Cornwall’s natural beauty on our Water Women Weekend. Whether you’re already a water baby or are looking to dip your toe in for the first time, reconnect with nature by wild swimming, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding to your heart’s content.
Escape the hustle and bustle of your daily grind and embrace nature on this two-day adventure to the coast in North Cornwall. Based in the laid-back surf town of Newquay, we are surrounded by natural beauty – from wind-and-wave-whipped cliffs that plunge into the ocean to tranquil rivers that meander through green valleys.
The sea and river will be our playground as we surf, swim and paddle over the weekend. We’ll get our hearts pounding by catching waves on our surfboards, with tips from expert instructors helping you progress to the next level.
Then it’s time to slow things down. Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a calm and relaxing way to explore the water, we’ll be having fun swapping between our super-sized inflatable SUP and our own individual SUPs. And with a wild swimming experience thrown in for good measure, you’ll leave the weekend with wet hair and a smile plastered across your face.
If you’re new to any of the activities, don’t worry. This weekend is suitable for women of all experiences and backgrounds. We’ve got your back, no matter what.
We recommend booking your accommodation as soon as possible as Newquay is in its peak season.
See our full list of recommendations here!
Please note availability may have changed since the time of writing this blog post.
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HOTELS AND HOSTELS
We’ve got a great relationship with Oceanside Hotel. It’s a short walk from Fistral and Towan beaches plus you receive an exclusive Women + Waves discount if you stay. Just quote “WWavesS10” when you book.
Smarties Surf Lodge is a cheaper option with a homely feel. Jackie will look after you – from cold beers on arrival to her home-cooked treats. Accommodation is clean, well-maintained and perfect for surfers – with surfboard storage outside.
For more recommendations, get in touch with Jackie on 01637 872391 .
For those that would like to camp or park their motorhome or van, we recommend Trethiggey Holiday Park.
You’ll find lots more options on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Our postcode is TR7 1HN if you want to find somewhere near our centre.
Fancy driving down + staying in a van? Check out Jurassic Vans for the ultimate adventure getaway!
This isn’t just any old camping, it’s rugged and practical with ultimate luxury, including:
-A king size/Super king bed
-A hot shower for the post surf wash down
-A fully kitted kitchen to whip up delicious feasts
-Cinema to relax and catch your favourite surf film
-Unique interiors designed to help you relax in complete comfort
-Roof racks to carry boards/SUPs/kayaks
-Chunky all terrain tyres
Great for solo or group adventures.
Whether you’re a complete novice to watersports and wild swimming, or are an aspiring pro, we’ve got you covered.
Both the surfing and stand-up paddleboarding sessions will be led by our highly-qualified coaching team. All abilities are catered for. Our instructors are all qualified lifeguards and are fully insured, so you’ll be in safe hands! Take a look below at this weekend’s schedule, please note this will vary depending on which group you are in.
We’ll meet up at around 7:30/8 am for our first sea swim. This is a great chance to overcome any nerves about cold water swimming. We’ll be based in the harbour, which has steps leading down to the water for a gentle entry.
It may feel refreshing, but know that that’s a good thing! There are numerous benefits to cold water swimming, including improving circulation, reducing stress and boosting your immune system. Seawater is also rich in minerals like magnesium, zinc, iron and potassium – which is great for your skin. It also leaves you feeling refreshed and revived. After our dip, you’ll soon see why cold water swimming is so popular – and addictive!
After drying off, it’s time for breakfast. We’ll head to one of our favourite cafes for a great coffee, a bite to eat and to chill before the next activity.
Once refuelled, it’s time to surf. Zip up your wetsuit, grab your board and head across the golden sand into the waves. The two-hour surf lesson is a great taster for anyone who is new to surfing and wants to give it a go for the first time or maybe has tried it a few times before.
During the afternoon we hang out, chill, or explore Newquay. We have built a great relationship with some of the best surf shops and independent boutiques in Newquay over the years. Join us on a tour of them – and some local cafes – with exclusive Women + Waves discounts in some shops.
In the early evening, we’ll meet up for a drink at one of our favourite bars. Then we’ll enjoy a coastal walk to a beachside restaurant to watch the sun set over the sea while tucking into a delicious, well-earned dinner. With plenty of nearby bars, feel free to continue your night from there, or head back to catch some Zs.
After yesterday’s activities in the sea, today is all about the river. We’ll meet up near the Gannel Estuary for a briefing and to learn, or recap on, some SUP skills. Then it’s time to jump onto the boards, stand up and paddle + Super SUP through the calm water for a two-hour SUP tour.
Paddleboarding is a great way to unwind – gliding along, you can look out for wildlife (this is a great spot for bird watching) and watch the landscape changing around you. This spot is flanked by sheep-dotted valleys and opens up to Crantock beach and the open ocean.
When it’s time to cool off, we’ll moor up some ‘super SUPs’ – these huge multi person stand up paddleboards are the perfect jumping-off pontoon – for our second dose of wild swimming.
With a morning of paddleboarding + Super SUPing and swimming under our belts, we’ll head for brunch at another of our favourite spots, overlooking the waves at Fistral Beach.
Then it’s time to head home the weekend will finish after lunch – until next time…
WHAT’S INCLUDED :
SUITABLE FOR NEW + BEGINNER SURFERS, SUP AND SWIMMING LEVELS
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO BUDGET FOR?
You should budget £12-£15 for the Saturday evening meal and £10 for brunch if you would like to eat. You may want to pick up some bits during our retail and coffee tour as well.
HOW DO I BOOK?
We have developed an event status to reflect travel advice with reference to Covid-19.
EVENT STATUS: GREEN
This trip is planned to go ahead, all systems go for you to book with us. At the time of booking we will advise you when to book your travel (and when relevant – accommodation) for the trip or weekend. Book your place by paying a deposit or the full amount.
Further information about Green status in our Covid Terms and Conditions
3 DAY MINI BREAK £299 PER PERSON – AUGUST 28-30
Sometimes two epic days aren’t enough, so we’re adding an extra day to bring you even more of our beautiful coastline, progressive surf sessions and all the benefits that come with salt water immersion.
WHAT’S INCLUDED :
SUITABLE FOR ALL SURFING, SUP AND SWIMMING LEVELS
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO BUDGET FOR?
You should budget £12-£15 for the Saturday evening meal, £10 for brunch on Saturday + Sunday. You may want to pick up some bits during our retail and coffee tour as well.
We’ve got an excellent range of equipment to hire for the weekend at an additional cost. Just let us know what you need and your sizes when you book.
We have limited hardboards/progressor boards available. Contact us if you have any questions.
HOW DO I BOOK?
You’re ready to begin your surfing journey and want to learn the right way from the start. We’ll supply you with all the correct kit, knowledge and skills that you need to know. You’ll progress quickly in a fun, no-pressure environment with other like-minded girls.
We’ll get you up and surfing in no time!
You’ve surfed before and are keen to take your skills and stoke up a level. You’ve successfully caught white water waves, stood up and cruised to the shore. Perhaps you’ve had a taste of surfing out the back?
You want to surf regularly ‘out back’ and learn to catch unbroken waves. We can take you there!
Paddling out, catching unbroken waves and successfully enjoying the buzz of taking the drop in fun conditions has captured you in its addiction. Now you’re looking to refine your skills, improve your style and work on the huge array of moves that will see you love surfing even more.
Known as “Kernow” to locals, Cornwall is beautiful, wild and rugged.
A string of golden beaches stretch up and down the coastline, with a variety of surf from mellow rollers to steep, powerful waves.
Head inland and discover the raw beauty of Cornwall’s wilderness moorland, granite-topped hills and ancient stone structures. Explore abandoned pumping houses – relics of the county’s famous mining history – uncover local traditions and breathe in the fresh sea air as you watch sunsets that set your soul on fire.
Our cool little surf town has a laid-back vibe and friendly community. It’s full of independent shops and cute cafes, with three beaches right in the town centre.
Grab an artisan coffee and watch surfer’s wander down the streets to the waves, or stock up on your surf essentials. Visit the RipCurl store near Newquay Activity Centre – and receive a 15% discount when you join one of our coaching weekends.
Newquay is known as the UK’s surf capital – and for good reason.
Golden beaches surround the town, with beautiful waves and epic sunsets. Feel the laid-back vibe as soon as you arrive in this chilled out surf town. Look out for road signs covered in surf stickers, cute cafes and surfers heading to the waves.
Most of the beaches work on different tides, wind and swell directions, so you’ll always find a wave somewhere if you know where to look. This is where we’re from, so we use our local knowledge to find the best conditions for the day and those secret spots.
As well as surfing the best-known breaks, we’ll also head off the beaten track and take you to places only a few know about.
This sheltered, sandy bay is the perfect spot when the west-facing beaches are big and blown out. It’s the friendliest break for beginners, and you’ll almost always find a fun, clean wave here. It’s also the Women + Waves HQ – our centre is right on the beach.
Backed by rugged cliffs and sand dunes, Fistral Beach is the jewel in the crown of Cornwall’s surf scene. It delivers waves on every stage of the tide and serves up dreamy conditions on an offshore southeasterly wind. You can almost always find a suitable peak for your ability. We’ve got another centre at Fistral, making it easily accessible for changing and parking.
GREAT WESTERN BEACH
Wedged between Towan and Tolcarne, this is one of Newquay’s central beaches. It offers consistent, clean conditions in a southwesterly wind. There are plenty of lefts and rights for everyone.
Other great spots nearby include Crantock, Perranporth and Watergate Bay. There are plenty more that offer uncrowded perfection on their day – you just need to know where to look. That’s where we come in.
THE GANNEL ESTUARY
Spanning just over eight miles, the Gannel is a tidal river connecting the village of Indian Queens to Crantock, where it flows into the sea. It’s a hotspot for migratory birds and also has a boatyard. We’ll be entering the river from Pentire. The river is super sheltered, even when the beaches are blown out, making it perfect for paddleboarding and swimming.
Lucky for us, Cornwall benefits from the warmest air and sea temperatures in the UK. Thanks to both the jet stream in the atmosphere and the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean, Newquay has a relatively mild climate all year round. With our varied coastline we have our own little microclimates from one beach to the next, so make sure you always pack sun cream.
If you have your own kit, great! You’re more than welcome to bring it with you. If you need to borrow anything, we’ll make sure it’s ready for you when you arrive. Just let us know your UK dress size and we’ll do the rest. Equipment is included in the cost of the weekend.
For those wild swims, don’t forget your cossie or two-piece. A key part of cold water swimming is, well, the cold, but if you really feel the cold, consider packing a swimming wetsuit, a neoprene rash vest or we can supply a full wetsuit for you to use included in the price.
Essential for drying off after our sessions in the water! A microfibre towel is light and super-absorbent. Changing towel robes are also a good option and make changing out of a wet swimsuit a doddle.
If you’ve never surfed before, we suggest learning to surf on a foam board or “foamie”.
An essential board in every experienced surfer’s quiver, they’re great fun, super floaty and make it much easier to catch waves.
You’ll progress faster than if you were on a hardboard or riding a board that’s too small for you.
Although our Cornish waters are the mildest in the country, we’d still recommend a decent wetsuit.
Between January and March you’ll need a 5/3mm wetsuit.
From April to May, we suggest a 4/3mm.
From June to October, a 3/2mm is ideal for those sunny summers and early autumn sessions. During hot summer days, you may want to wear a shortie wetsuit.
Between November and December, generally a 4/3mm will be fine. If it’s a little cooler than usual, it won’t be too early to wear a 5/4mm winter suit.
These are essential for attaching your surfboard to your ankle. We would never recommend surfing without one – they’re literally lifesavers and prevent a long swim back to the beach if you wipeout.
When you hire a board, you’ll get a leash, too.
BOARD BAG (OPTIONAL)
A decent board bag will protect your kit and store bulky things like your wetsuit, boots and a towel. They range from £50 to more than £100 – the more you pay, the better the storage and protection you get.
BOARD SOCK (OPTIONAL)
A cheaper option than a board bag, it’ll protect your board from the sun and double up as a board towel. They don’t offer as much protection as a bag.
This is essential in the summer and even on colder days – the sun’s rays still penetrate through the clouds and reflect off the water’s surface.
Make sure you wear waterproof sunscreen. Zinc based sticks are a good option and won’t run into your eyes.
Bring warm clothing suitable for all weathers – it’s not uncommon to get four seasons in one day in the south west of England. Layers are the best option and a woolly hat is ideal for warming up after a chilly surf.
WOMEN + WAVES SHOP
Support our female surf society and buy a unique piece of Women + Waves merchandise! During the weekend you can browse our shop items in person and try things on for size.
We hand pick and create our products with you in mind. We’ve got high quality items from our favourite local designers with the coolest surf prints. From T-shirts and hoodies to hats, bags and changing robes, treat yourself and represent us in style!
A highlight of the weekend is dinner on Saturday. After a day surfing and swimming in the sea we have earned some tasty, locally sourced food and Cornwall is the home to some delicious dishes. We work with our favourite local beach side restaurants to create a chilled evening that takes in scrummy food and drink. It’s entirely optional but it’s a great opportunity to let your hair down, make new friends and relax after a great day’s surfing. All dietary requirements are catered for.
Newquay’s coastal cafés offer stunning views. There is no better way to unwind than with a coffee in hand chatting, watching the waves break like-minded women. There is no better way to start the day than a wild swim followed by a delicious breakfast and coffee on the coast! Please bring a reusable water bottle and mug.
Newquay is a 15-minute drive from the A30, which links to the M5.
We’re based at Towan Beach. We’ll send you detailed information before your arrival, including parking instructions and maps.
The railway station is in the town centre. If you’re travelling by train, we may be able to pick you up from the station (time dependent). Get in touch for more details.
We’re a 20-minute drive from the airport. You can fly into Newquay from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Flights are available from key European cities.
Due to this weekend being in high demand, we have very limited availability. However, we can hold your space for 24 hours without payment.
Yes definitely! We pride ourselves on being super welcoming and friendly. Most of our guests arrive solo and leave with friends for life.
If you book in a group of 5, the fifth person will be free.
Yes! This is a scenario that we are very familiar with. Why not make a family break of the weekend? You can join the surf weekend with us while the rest of your family enjoy Newquay. Please contact us if you need a hand organising accommodation. Book early to avoid disappointment and get the best prices.
You will be sent your pre-arrival information on the Wednesday before the weekend. We will send you the Saturday morning meeting time and location in your pre-weekend information pack.
Yes, we can store your bag and other belongings at our centre.
There are public showers on the promenade at Towan beach. They are generally operational year round. Perfect for a quick rinse off.
Please refer to our ‘Food’ tab for all updates regarding breakfast, lunch and evening meals.
Yes, partners are welcome to join the evening meal, just let us know at the welcome meeting and we will add them to our booking.
We choose our fave coastal restaurant because of the range of great menu options that it has available. All dietary requirements are catered for.
If you can’t make the full weekend, you can join us on Saturday only for £199.
We finish around lunch on Sunday afternoon. If you need to leave earlier then please let us know at time of booking and we can make sure that your group sessions are timed so that you finish in time to get away.
Equipment hire is included. We do not offer a discount for bringing your own equipment.
Yes, we have a full range of hire equipment that we can present to you and recommend the most suitable board for you to progress on.
You’ll be asked to fill in an enrolment form as part of the booking process. You’ll signify which level of surfer you are. You may be in different groups suited to your ability. However, there will be plenty of time to see each other back at camp and during our social evening meals.
Yes absolutely. We can deliver extra surfing lessons at any time just give us a call on +44 (0) 1637 226017 to arrange the best time for your lesson.
We choose the time of year and location for our events based on local knowledge and historical swell data. In the event of flat waves or stormy conditions, we will offer alternative activities to help you get the most out of the ocean conditions. This may include stand up paddleboarding, coasteering, kayaking or other coastal activities.
We may adjust the format of the weekend. For example, choosing to run all of the sessions on Sunday if that’s when the waves are at their best.
Please view our T&Cs for more information.
With decades of experience and knowledge within our team, we pick the best dates that the surf conditions are most consistent and will be most suitable for the group. We’ll send you a brief predicted forecast in the pre-weekend pack on the Wednesday before the weekend. We choose Newquay due to the huge variety of beaches. The beautiful long sandy beaches offer peaks for all abilities, the skill is to know which is best on the tide and wind conditions that are on offer. That’s where our local guides are worth their weight in gold. We pride ourselves in having you in the right place for the best waves for your ability each weekend.
Our Water Womens weekends are best suited for new or beginner surfers. Before booking please take a look at our surfing levels.
If you are under 18 we will need to chat to you on the phone and you will need to be accompanied on the trip by a parent or guardian throughout the weekend (they don’t have to participate). If you are 65 or over we’d love to chat to you about the weekend before you book. Please email us to arrange a time and we’ll contact you. Or you can call us on +44 (0) 1637 226017.
We do our best to include as many female instructors and team members as possible and are always recruiting the best female coaches in the industry. However we do occasionally call upon our male experts such as 3 x British Champion Alan Stokes to explain how he over come his fears and built his surfing confidence. All our Women + Waves staff are not only suitably qualified by the relevant governing body but all undergo extensive in-house training.
No, we have a great mix of all ages. Surfing shows no age boundaries. We welcome whippersnappers to silver surfers and everything in between.
After meeting on Saturday morning, we’ll split each group according to ability levels. After getting changed, we’ll take a short walk to the beach.
There is a pay and display car park a short walk from our meeting point. We will supply further details and costs in the pre weekend information pack.
Yes! Several women bring their dogs on our Newquay coaching weekends. Some leave their dog in their van whilst they surf.
Alternatively, we can organise for a dog sitter to look after your four-legged friend. Contact us for details and costs.
If you’re based outside the UK and want to chat through the weekend details, you can contact us through WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype.
Just let us know by email and we can arrange this with you.
If you can’t join the weekend, please let us know as soon as possible via email. Your cancellation notice will start from the date we receive it.
Cancellation charges are payable as follows:
Cancellation may fall under the terms and conditions of your holiday insurance policy and you may be able to claim.
Find out more under our terms and conditions.
The emphasis is on fun and embracing the cool water swim. There is no pressure to swim any distance.
We ask that all participants can swim in order to take part in the weekend.