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Newquay Surfing

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Surfing Newquays Beaches

The seaside town of Newquay is billed as having just about everything for everyone. The town is brash whilst being trendy, youthful yet still holding on to its role as a family resort and all wrapped up in the most fantastic coastal scenery. The surf centre of the UK, the town has an infectious up-tempo vibe and offers a variety of urban beaches. It has had a long association with British surfing and the British surfing industry with numerous surf shops offering buckets and spades to some of the best available surf products on the market.

Newquay's most famous surfing beach is Fistral, a busy urban beach that breaks through the tide. The other main beaches are situated in what is known as 'the Bay' and consist of Towan, Great Western, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze which merge together when the tide is low and separate when the tide is higher.

For more rugged Cornish beaches with great surf and wonderful golden sand head north towards Padstow and you see the long expanse of Watergate Bay and the beach of Mawgan Porth followed by the beautiful rural bays of Porthcothan, Constantine and Harlyn then on to the quaint fishing town of Padstow.

Surf Spot Quality

Busy Urban beaches offering good surfing for all levels but ultra crowded particularly in the summer months
Swell – picks up most south west, west and north west swells

best wind from the east, south east and south.

Waves break throughout the tide.  Tend to be of poor quality and difficult to surf on large high tides.

Crowded and busy year round.

Come off the A30 and follow signs for Newquay.  All beaches well signed posted.

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Numerous car parks , however they all get full during high summer and it can become difficult to park with expensive parking charges.

Toilets available at all beaches and easy access to shops and services selling all beach needs.

Dogs are welcome on the beaches all year round only on Fistral and Towan.  With the provision of dog litter bins for all mess.  No dogs allowed on Great western, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze.

Lifeguards are provided by the RNLI May to the end of Sept 10am to 6pm and on Fistral Easter to end Oct.

Surfing, bodyboarding, swimming , rock pools, caves to explore and access to the North Coast path.  Numerous shops, café’s  bars, night clubs etc.

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