The shores of Cornwall are usually busily populated with surfers – be it winter or summer, rain or shine. But this summer is different.
Among the worshipers of the waves now stands a fifteen feet tall blue statue. The abstract form, looking out over the Watergate Bay beach is named ‘Warrior of the Surf’, a sculpture created by the Cornish-based artist Richard Austin.
Austin is a former surfer who had to refrain from his beloved sport when he started to suffer from knee pain. Since then, he recounts, “I would go down to Watergate Bay and sit and watch the surfers. Some would stand for ages, checking out the waves rolling in. They always had a very relaxed stance, shading their eyes from the sun and holding their board. That image stuck with me, until one day I went back to my studio and ‘Warrior of the Surf’ was born.
In Britain, Cornwall is without a doubt the premier surfer’s paradise. It’s where the English National Surf Championships are held and where the country’s top surfers hail from.
A peninsula on the South West coast of England, sticking out into the Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall is ideally located to benefit from swelling tides, a milder climate and gorgeous beaches.
In Watergate Bay, where the contemporary sculpture ‘Warrior of the Surf’ is placed – along the gorgeous two-mile surfing beach – the Extreme Academy is based, an institution that also offers kite surfing, paddle and body boarding.
Looking out onto the surfers and visitors to the Watergate Bay Hotel for decades to come, the imposing blue Warrior of the Surf has found its permanent home here. Whether you’re here to get active, or chill on the beach with great food and drinks, this is a go-to Cornwall surfing haven where all the elements become aligned.
A sister property of the Watergate Bay Hotel and the Extreme Academy, is the Another Place - The Lake Hotel on the shorelines of Ullswater in England's famous Lake District. A mix of sports, activities, the great outdoors and a cool modern family hotel make this the perfect relative to this Cornish partner hotel.
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