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Newquay

Newquay is considered to be the hub of surfing in England and is the area where surfing really took off in the early 1960’s. The area is home to probably home to more surfshops and hire centres per square mile than any other surf town on Earth, handy for when you need some new equipment or even just a bar of wax.

The summer months are busy in the water and also on land too, making for a fun and vibrant atmosphere in the town itself with locals and tourists alike making the most of the areas abundant beaches by day and the pubs, bars and clubs during the night.

Even on a surf weekend in Newquay is enough time to score waves, with the area harbouring a variety of waves, all within a short distance that blow offshore in the prevalent SW winds. They also face from W – NW, which means if only a small swell is forecasted, one of the many beaches will pick it up.

Due to it being a surf mecca there is a high surfing standard among some of the local riders, so be courteous in the line up to avoid any unnecessary hassle.

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Surf conditions for Beginners:

Surf Conditions in Newquay on JAN for BEG level
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Surf Conditions in Newquay on SEP for BEG level
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Surf Conditions in Newquay on OCT for BEG level
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Surf conditions for Intermediates:

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Surf conditions for Advanced:

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Surf Conditions in Newquay on JUN for ADV level
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Surf Conditions in Newquay on JUL for ADV level
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Surf Conditions in Newquay on AUG for ADV level
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Surf Conditions in Newquay on SEP for ADV level
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Surf Conditions in Newquay on OCT for ADV level
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Surf Conditions in Newquay on NOV for ADV level
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Surf Conditions in Newquay on DEC for ADV level
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Located in the farthest reaches of SW of England and ideally located to pick up North Atlantic swells. Newquay is a gloriously British seaside town with a beautiful harbour that is the perfect place to enjoy a Cornish ice cream after your surf when staying in your Newquay surf camp. The coastline is a mixture of coves, beaches, cliffs and tide-dependant inlets making for a surf holiday that has plenty of options when it comes to finding that day’s best waves.

With plenty of surf hostels in the area Newquay makes for a fun filled environment when you’re not at the beach, with a thriving night time party scene favoured amongst young people on every night of the week during the summer months.
Newquay has 1 airport with transfers from London Gatwick and Manchester, with these two airports connecting to other parts of the world. Alternatively you can fly direct to Bristol, which is roughly 140 miles away and make your way down to Newquay via car, train or bus.

Car Hire - We have a discount car hire section on our website where you can rent a car. Rent your car from the airport and drive up. It is not possible to rent a car from Ericeira.

Newquay has a main Central Train Station, which has connecting routes to anywhere in the UK through National Rail.

You can also take a National Express coach from all major towns and cities to Newquay Coach Station.
Waves

With the Gulf Stream running up past Cornwall and keeping the water the warmest in the UK you can surf here all year round. The summer months are the best time to visit for beginner and intermediate surfers with idyllic waist high waves ideal to learn in or brush on your skills. Winter provides solid North Atlantic ground swells and combined with the colder water, a Newquay surf camp will appeal to advanced surfers looking to test themselves in big heavy waves that will test them in different ways than a surf trip to the tropics.

Fistral
Fistral is probably England’s most well-known surfing beach and can produce world-class, hollow peaks on its day. Undoubtedly Newquays most consistent wave with it being the home of QS events and in the past ASP events. Depending on the tide conditions other waves start to work here. South Fistral produces long left handers that break over a sand and rock bottom, which is sheltered when the wind blows from a northerly direction. North Fistral can produce some hollow barrels when the banks are lined up and is a great spot for beginners as it is well patrolled by lifeguards from April – October. On a low tide you can access the wave known as Little Fistral, this is the small bay to the north of the beach and offers fun left and right-hand peaks.

The Cribbar
As we have mentioned before Newquay had every time of wave for every ability of surfer and that includes its own big wave spot, known as The Cribbar. On a big North Atlantic swell the wave breaks of Towan Headland and produces massive double to triple overhead waves that should only be tackled by the most experienced surfers.

Towan Beach
When the predominant SW wind blows Towan Beach is the place to head as it blows offshore here. Working best at mid-tide it can produce fun left and right hand waves. A long left can also break off the harbour wall, just watch out for the seals.
Tolcarne
You can surf here at all stages of the tide with offshore being the same as Towan Beach. For a unique surfing experience head here at high tide when the infamous ‘Wedge’ starts to work, just respect the local bodyboarders who regulate the spot.

Lusty Glaze
This is the most northerly exposed beach Bay area beaches thus it picks up an extra foot or two of swell than the other beaches. Left and right handed waves break at all stages of the tide but is best from low to mid tide. This was the spot where the popular night surf competition was held.

Great Western Beach
A great spot for beginners that offers fun mellow walls at all stages of the tide, best from low to mid tide also, but can be surfed at high tide, just be aware of the rocks and backwash.

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