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Fistral

Fistral

Newquay - Cornwall, England, United Kingdom

Surf

Fistral Beach is the main beach in the old fishing village of Newquay. It’s Cornwall's surf capital and is located in the southwest of England. It’s an extensive beach break which is very exposed to the west. It's the most consistent spot in the area and is bordered by Towan Head to the north and Pentire Point to the south. To get there, the nearest main airport is Bristol. Exeter Airport is smaller and has less flights but it's worth checking too. From these airports you can get a train to Newquay. You can also fly to London and get a connecting flight to Newquay, go by bus with National Express or Megabus, or by train with Virgin or West Trains. The best option is to hire a car so that you can move easily around the whole zone. Headland Road leads to the beach car park but this can get very busy during the holidays, so it could be a good idea to go by longboard if you have one available.

Fistral Surf England

Fistral has a long tradition of celebrating national competitions of the highest level, for example, it’s been a WQS 6 star event on numerous occasions, which in addition, always coincides with the Boardmasters week. This is when Fistral transforms into a summer festival for sports like surf, skate and BMX, with live music and many more activities. As England’s surfing reference, the best English pros have honed their skills in these waters, some of these are Oli Adams, Ben Skinner, Alan Stokes, Spencer Hargreaves, Russell Mullins and the legendary Russell Winter.

Conditions

The best time to visit is from September until November when the first winter swells appear and the sandbanks are well formed after the calm summer. In addition, the climate isn’t too cold and the water temperature is still mild so a 3 mm is sufficient. Little Fistral is the area furthest north, next to Pentire Head. It works best at low tide and the quality is normally better in front of the rocks. It’s a very popular area with the locals so be prudent and respectful. On occasions with strong winter groundswells the legendary big wave peak, Cribber, can be working. It requires a clean swell of more than 10 feet. The rights are better and safer as the lefts can leave you in a compromising situation.

North Fistral is the most common peak. It works with a W swell from 2 feet and holds well until 8 feet. It’s better with a low rising tide. The rights are often better and with a good size at low tide they become hollow. These are normally the most consistent and most popular peaks, and when it’s potent it’s a beach which offers good sessions, but be aware of the strong currents. South Fistral has a smaller break than North Fistral and is more sheltered so it has a bit of protection from the frequent onshore SW winds. It works well with all tides, although a rising mid tide is best. There are some good lefts if the banks are good. If it’s big, it’s better to jump into the water from the rocks. The only downside is that in the summer it gets very crowded very quickly. With heavy seas, the best option for some is to go to the bay in the village where the waves are more accessible, but avoid it at high tide.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Beachbreak
  • Wind
    SE
  • Tide
    All
  • Swell
    SW - NW
  • Bottom
    Sand
  • Size
    2 to 10 ft
  • Time of year
    From September to May
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