Surfing & Surf Life Saving

B Petersen

Perranporth beach has become renowned as one of the best surfing locations in Cornwall. The surfing origins at Perranporth go back to the 1920s when a local undertaker provided 'coffin lids' for use as surfboards. Some local people still prefer to use flat wooden surfboards. The Museum has examples of the originals.

 In 1957 Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club was formed. This successful organisation has promoted beach safety and encouraged generations of youngsters in swimming and surfing qualifications. Its headquarters can be seen on the beach and is the base for the RNLI lifeguards who patrol Perranporth and Perran Sands beaches.



photo by B Petersen