Surfboards and wetsuits at The Wave

We include wetsuits and surfboards in the price of your surf, which makes it especially easy for beginners trying surfing for the first time. However during this time, we’d recommend that those surfing in the intermediate and advanced area bring their own wetsuit and surfboard if they have them. In the winter months we would also suggest you bring gloves, boots, hoods and thermal rash vests should you own them. Don't forget your towel and bathing suit.

Wetsuits made for The Wave

We ask everyone who surfs at The Wave to wear a wetsuit to keep them warm and safe. We are asking that during this time, if you have your own kit, then please do bring it - if not then you can simply pick up the equipment you need when you get to the surfing area before your session.

In the colder seasons, we include wetsuit boots, gloves and a hood, if needed.

Our wetsuits are washed twice between each use – we ask you to follow the instructions carefully on site to help us ensure equipment is cared for and cleaned correctly.

Our high-quality wetsuits, hoods, gloves and boots are made for us by Rip Curl. It’s really important to us that everyone feels comfortable in their wetsuit and we have a large range of sizes to fit all ages, sizes and body shapes.

If you are bringing children, you’ll be pleased to hear that our children’s wetsuits also have a zip at the bottom of the leg which also makes getting in and out much easier.

Please note: under 18s must wear a helmet when surfing in any part of the lake, including advanced and intermediate sessions - these are provided.

What equipment can I bring?

Beginner Bay

Beginner lessons and beginner surf sessions take place on one of our beginner surfboards and you cannot use your own boards in this area. Please feel free to wear your own wetsuit if you have one, if not this will be provided along with any other equipment, such as wetsuit boots and hoods.

The Reef (all non beginner sessions and lessons)

In our advanced waves we allow:

  • Surfboards (all lengths)
  • Bodyboards
  • Knee boards
  • Adapted surfboards for those with disabilities

We currently recommend that advanced surfers bring their own wetsuits, kit and surfboards, if they have them.

What do I need to bring?

You need to bring a swimming costume to wear underneath your wetsuit and a towel to get dry after your surf. Everything else you need to enjoy your session is supplied for you - however if you do have your own wetsuit, and boots/gloves/hood for surfing in the colder months, then we do recommend that you bring them. Don't forget your waterproof sun cream too especially during the summer months.

What equipment can I not bring?

We currently can’t accommodate paddle sports such as stand-up-paddle boarding and surf kayaking in any areas of the lake - we may organise special sessions at a later date and you can register interest for these, with our lovely customer service team

Non-permitted equipment:

  • SUPs
  • Surf Skis
  • Windsurfing
  • Kite surfing
  • Foil surfing
  • Kayaks
  • Skim boarding
  • Bodysurfing (with, leash and fins),

If you are unsure or have any other queries about your equipment, please contact us at

Surfboards made to suit The Wave

We want everyone who surfs to get exactly the right board for their surfing experience. This gives you the best opportunity to learn, improve and develop. We have a wide range of different boards, including beginner, improver and high performance boards of different hardness, shape, length, fin set-ups and tail shapes.

If you are on the beginner you must use our supplied boards.

We are encouraging intermediate and advanced surfers that have their own surfboards to please use them at this time, but we do have Soft boards available and included in the cost of your surf.

Our knowledgeable coaches will advise you which surfboard you should use depending on your ability.

The Wave has chosen the internationally renowned Softech for its beginner boards to ensure they are robust and learner-friendly. Our advanced surfboards are made by Toy Factory and Skindog, two top board makers based in Cornwall. We also have other British and international board suppliers, alongside top level surfboard accessory partners including FCS, providing equipment for The Wave.

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