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Summer is a State of Mind – Autumn is the New August!

by Emily

With the Summer holidays drawing to an end, there’s no better time of year to miss the crowds and make the most of what Cornwall has to offer.

Hold onto that Summer feeling for as long as possible with a surf trip with Surf Sistas in beautiful Newquay, Cornwall. 

Here are our top reasons why there’s no better time of year than September to come on a surf retreat with us:

1. Warm Waters

September? Feels like Soup-tember!

September is the time of year when the sea is at its warmest. The ocean warms up and cools down with a delay of a couple months either side of the air temperatures, meaning that the sea in Newquay is a balmy 19 degrees at the moment – which is due to stay fairly constant over September. Our sea temperatures drop to their lowest in March, during which they sit as low as 8 or 9 degrees. This means if you’re savvy enough to come on a surf trip in early Autumn, you’ll find that the sea is a whole ten degrees warmer than a trip in early Spring. For those of you who learnt to surf in a warmer climate and might be feeling nervous about your first dip into Cornish waters, September is your safest bet.

2. Quiet beaches mean a higher wave count

The beginning of September marks the start of term-time and with it, the end of the school holidays. After a hectic couple of months over July and August, September arrives like an oasis of calm. 

Each year, surf coaches in Cornwall count down the days until the busy peak season ends and we can settle into a peaceful flow in Autumn. When the crowds thin and the swell builds, what’s left behind is every surfer’s dream – an uncrowded line-up.

3. More Consistent Waves

The best waves are created by storms far out at sea, rather than local winds (as you’ll find out in our epic Surf Sistas theory sessions, if you book onto our White to Green course!)

The further that the energy generated by these storms travels to get here, the more it builds in strength and power before hitting our shores. In September, more of these storms occur out in the Atlantic. September is known in the U.S. as hurricane season, which is likely to generate large ripples of energy moving across the ocean. As these ripples get further apart, they increase what we measure as “swell period” – meaning a higher quality ground-swell generating powerful waves to surf, instead of local wind-swell. 

If we’re going to get nerdy with the forecast, as this diagram shows, in September the swell is much more consistent than the two months prior:

Source – Magic Seaweed – 22/8/22

As you can see, in comparison to August, the swell grows on average from 47% consistency over July and August, to 61% consistency in September. This data is for North Fistral beach, Newquay – the home of British Surfing and where many of our lessons take place.

4. Good Weather

In recent years, we’ve been treated to an “Indian Summer” of warm weather lasting well into September. Last year, we had glorious warm sunshine, with a mini-heatwave hitting us in mid-late September. With the British weather as unpredictable as it is, we’d say September is just as good a bet for sunshine as the Summer months – but without the crowds!

September Vibes

5. Seasonal Deals

With less competition for accommodation, cheaper deals can be found online out of peak season, bringing the overall cost of your Surf Sistas course down. In September you’ll have more options to choose from and can score some gorgeous rentals for a cheaper price. Not only this, but there’ll be less traffic on the roads and local restaurants will be emptier, meaning savings in time spent on the motorway or in those Summer queues.

Drop us a line if you are thinking of joining one of our courses that doesn’t include accommodation and we can send you a list of great options for all budgets!

6. September Events

Pair your Surf Sistas trip with one of the awesome events that Cornwall has to offer in September – with music, food and drink events to fill your evenings or be the perfect book-end to a week of surfing. Fun events coming up in Cornwall in September include:

– Bude Jazz Festival (30 Aug – 2 Sept)
– Cornish Cyder & Music Festival (9-11 Sept)
– St. Ives September Festival (venues around St Ives from 10-24 Sept)
– Newquay Beer festival (23-25 Sept)

And many more! Check out https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on

7. The timing is perfect to begin your surfing journey for the rest of the year

Set yourself up right for the beginning of Autumn/Winter, so you can continue your surfing journey over the months with the most consistent swell. On our September courses, you will make new friends that you can lift-share to the beach with, build your confidence and learn everything you need to continue surfing throughout the Autumn, Winter and Spring. By the time next Summer arrives, you’ll be ready to show off your surfing skills to all those fair-weather Summer surfers!

You can join us in Cornwall this September for intensive 4 day Beginner Courses, Intensive 5 day Improver courses and Surf & Yoga Weekends.

Get more info on seasonal water temperatures in Newquay: https://www.seatemperature.org/europe/united-kingdom/newquay.htm

For more info on seasonal swell forecasts check out: https://magicseaweed.com/spot-seasonal-overview.php?spotId=1

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