Surfing in Fistral Beach, Newquay, South West England United Kingdom

Beach Length:
2460 ft / 750 m
Wave height :
up to 40 ft /12 m
Best swell direction:
West, Southwest
Level of expertise :
Beginner to Expert
Newquay, the seaside resort that is situated on the North Atlantic coast of Cornwall offers a variety of top quality activities both in and out of the water. Being considered as the surf capital of the UK, Newquay hosts visitors from around the world who hope to catch the perfect wave; and they most probably will at Fistral Beach, the venue that hosts plenty international surfing competitions.

This 2460 ft / 750 m long sandy beach faces west-northwest onto the Atlantic and is considered to be one of the top surfing beaches in the UK and Europe. Its North side works better at all tides when big swells are coming in. On low tide, be aware as cracking barrels and peaks may be produced. South Fistral has its best swell direction west/southwest. It is better from mid to high tide but, even then watch out for dangerous rips.

Fistral Beach has some great views overlooking the beach, golden sands, rock pools and amazing sunsets. It offers facilities such as first aid room, lifeguards, changing facilities, storage, amusements and eateries.  It is also the perfect venue for festivals and events including Board-masters – Europe’s largest surf and skate festival. Though there is something for everyone in Fistral Beach, it is the best place to enjoy the sun, sand and surf!