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INSIDER'S GUIDE TO ST IVES

THE ST IVES SCHOOL OF ARTISTS WERE ON TO SOMETHING A 100 YEARS AGO WITH THEIR LOVE OF THIS CLASS SURF TOWN

- WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPH­Y JAMES WARBEY

AApart from the parking issues and price point of properties St Ives is the near perfect surf town.

Solid local crew, wide range of surf options, arty vibe and fine purveyors of food and drink. Long time lover, semi-official local and talented surf photog Warbey’s recommenda­tions follow.

Pint wise the best spot in town for me would be the Sloop at any time of year. In the warmer months Porthmeor Beach Bar is the go to for sunsets. If you want to watch sport, remember when that was a thing? The Balcony it is.

Food wise the list is long. Stacked with talent it is. Porthmeor Cafe soups always good for warming up again, Talay Thai Kitchen, Beer & Bird, Blas Burgerwork­s, The Hub and of course the St Ives Bakery ... my go to pasty spot.

As for good spots for coffee. Porthmeor Cafe or venture into town and hit Yallah on the harbour or Mount Zion, when open, worth the wait, it’s a science here.

Healthy options, because apparently some folks dig it: Cornish Deli / The Allotment Deli or the Porthmeor Beach Bar has some decent salads when open in the season. Not gonna lie though, not my area of expertise. The town has produced a lot of good surfers. The main crew:

Jayce Robinson, Lowey when he’s in town, Jacob Down, Jack Whitfield,

Nick Pumphrey, Charlie Symons, Johnny Fryer, Phil Wilson, Tassy & the Surf School crew. Loads more as well I see regularly I just don’t know the names to all the faces (not forgetting Harry De Roth before he abandoned us for warmer climates) A solid grom crew has formed thanks to Harris & everyone at the surf school.

Legends of the town are Tim Whitefield (surf school originator way back), Tim Symons, Stef Harkon, Nog & many more.

Parking is no doubt an issue, especially in season, but the seasons seem to be getting longer and longer. You can get lucky at Meor but you’re normally in for a long wait/battle even at this time of year. If you’re driving in buddy up, don’t travel separately where possible and keep those fingers crossed. There are no secret parking spots, sorry mate, I’d get shot if I told you.

St Ives is a great place. Changed over the years but it’s still a gem, it’s got a new all singing all dancing Saints Boardrider­s Surf Club house for members (Shout out to Steve at Treggenna Castle & everyone for making it happen, amazing community space, the groms don’t know how lucky they are. Warm showers?!) Katy who’s the west Cornwall coordinato­r for the incredible Wave Project is based in the office here also.

Those artists that came for the light were on to something. It’s a little slice of Cornish heaven.

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