Newquay in Cornwall is popular as the surfing capital of the UK. Whether you are a beginner looking for a surf school or an expert wanting to hone your skills, here are the beaches you should definitely check out while on holiday in this beautiful part of Cornwall.
This is the home of the annual Boardmasters surf festival. This beach is known for reliable waves, and is also considered to be a swell magnet. This means that it will surely still have waves even if other beaches are flat. It is divided into North and South, the previous being even better in low tide. South Fistral is better though between mid and high tide. However, dangerous riptides are a risk when there is a bigger surf. It is best to check with the Lifeguards before going into the water.
Tourists are spoilt for choice for accommodation in the area including luxury sea view apartments and rooms at the famous Headland Hotel, overlooking Fistral Beach.
This beach is found outside of Newquay and is family owned. It is very unique because of a wedge break during high tide, therefore it is quite popular for bodyboarders. It faces a different direction to Fistral, so the waves are cleaner when winds are heading into Fistral.
Holiday accommodation in the area include cliff-top hotels, holiday lodges and boutique guest houses.
This is the place to start off if you are a beginner. The conditions are easier for the not-so-experienced and there are numerous surf schools for you to choose from. Its a beautiful, log stretch off sand backed by the wonderful Watergate Bay Hotel and eco houses.
Lusty Glaze Beach
This beach can be found beside just along the coast for Tolcarne beach, and it can host quite a few big waves. Those who are a bit more experienced can test their skills here, especially because of its left and right breaks. The beach rents out beach huts to visitors, and some holidaymakers are lucky enough to stay right on the beach in what must be the most perfectly located holiday cottages in Cornwall.
Cornish Surf Festivals
You can also meet and compete with other surfers at various times of the year, during one of the popular festivals conducted in Cornwall. The first of the year is the English National Surfing Championships, taking place normally from April to May. Both novices and experts are invited to compete at Watergate Bay and find out how they compare with others. There are 14 divisions in this competition, like Ladies, Open, Juniors, Longboard, Masters and Veterans.
In May comes the Night Surf. The only one of its kind in Europe, it combines a music festival and a night surf competition. Happening in Fistral Beach, guests can watch the competing surfers under special lights set up for the event.
Before summer ends comes the Boardmasters Festival in August. This is the ultimate event for every UK surfer. From being a small surf competition, it has grown into a much bigger tournament where you can watch top champions. At the same time, enjoy a music festival where famous acts perform. Surfers can also look at the equipment for sale, as well as preview skate and BMX competitions.
Surfing as a Holiday Activity
Newquay is really the place to go for surfing enthusiasts. If you worry about your lack of experience, there are many surf schools in Cornwall to choose from. The longest running surf school can also be found right here on the beach at Fistral.
So while on holiday in Cornwall, why not finally fulfil your dream of riding the waves in Newquay. You can easily find many accommodation options while you improve your skills, so do not think twice about enrolling for a surf lesson during your vacation in Cornwall!
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