Without doubt, Newquay’s major attraction to tourists is the unrivalled quality of waves on its seven miles-long golden beaches. The waves here are created by subterranean low pressure systems deep in the heart of the Atlantic which are gradually manifested in powerful eastwards swells climaxing at six of Newquay’s 12 beaches. Blessed with almost all types of waves, Newquay’s beaches also have practically every type of cold-water surfing hazards, heightening its appeal with expert surfers. It comes as no surprise then that Newquay is widely considered as the surf capital of Britain.
While Tolcarne Beach, Towan Beach, Porth Beach, Watergate Bay and Lusty Glaze Beach offer some good quality waves suitable for both professionals and amateurs alike, the crème de resistance is without doubt Fistral beach, which provides some of the best hollow waves outside of Hawaii and North America. Britons who want to experience a taste of world class surfing need not look further than Fistral Beach.
Fistral Beach is an esteemed name in the world of surfing, and plays host to a number of events all year round, including the legendary Boardmasters Festival and English Surfing Nationals, owing to its consistently beautiful waves throughout the year. Many experienced surfers include Fistral Beach’s reef break, known as The Cribbar, in their to-do list due to the huge winter and autumn swells that it generates. Skilled surfers are regularly pushed to their maximum technical limits at The Cribbar, while the less proficient ones probably just enjoy getting drenched in freezing waters.
Newquay also has a great number of surfing schools for beginner and intermediate surfers, for the young and old alike, so no one should feel left out. You could literally start surfing without embarrassing or endangering yourself after a two-hour starter lesson at most schools here. However, be sure to surf only on beaches with lifeguards on duty. They look nothing like Baywatch lifeguards, but they will get the job done.