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Surfing North Fistral: Surf Spot Guide

Fistral would be England’s official surf capital, if ever one was proclaimed. It’s said to be one of the UK’s best beach breaks, producing long and fun lefts and rights. Often busy, as expected for such a high profile beach break. Many competitions are hosted at this consistent spot in Newquay. All levels of surfer will enjoy surfing Fistral, though when it’s big it’s best left to the experienced surfer. Newquay is very popular with surfers and holiday makers. The atmosphere is always busy yet bubbly on the golden sand beach and in the town, especially in the summer. As always in busy spots, show good surf etiquette and you should be shown it right back.

North Fistral - What Waves, When

Low tide is generally steepest and fastest. Little Fistral works on low tide too.

Mid is also good, there’s still a rideable and fun pealing wave on offer, conditions providing. As the tide moves up, little Fistral gets cut off.

At high, the wave at North Fistral can get a bit more crumbly than the other stages of the tide, but it’s still worth it.

You can get decent lefts off the rocks at South Fistral, most tide stages

North Fistral – Out of the Water

Newquay is a busy holiday town with everything you could want in it. There are many surf shops, surf hire and everything else surf. Your choice for food is infinite, with cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants, pasty shops, snack shops and everything else. Being a holiday town, there are hotels of all calibre from luxury to travel lodges. There are many surf hostels, camping and caravanning, cottages and the rest. Newquay has a famous nightlife which tends to get wild. Expect binge drinkers on bar crawls and busy clubs all year round.



  Plenty to do in Newquay.
  One of the UK’s capital spots.


  Very busy.
  Not so good for those who like a quiet setting, although you don’t have to travel very far to find yourself in the quiet countryside.
  Free parking difficult to find
Rocks at town end of beach.
Rip currents can catch swimmers and surfers unaware.


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Great break to surf, when no one is there :)
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Nick Reviewed by Nick June 19, 2013
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Great Surf

Great break to surf, when no one is there :)

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