Newquay is renowned for its stunning beaches, consistent swells, and vibrant surf culture.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete beginner, this surfing guide to Newquay will help you navigate some of the many surf spots available.

Introduction to surfing in Newquay

Newquay is famous for surfing due to its ideal coastal geography, consistent Atlantic swells, and a variety of surf spots suitable for all skill levels. The town boasts renowned beaches like Fistral Beach, known for its powerful waves and frequent surf competitions, attracting surfers from around the world.

Newquay’s vibrant surf culture, excellent surf schools, and lively community also contribute to its reputation. For an overview of what makes this destination so special, check out the rest our Surfing Guide to Newquay.

Newquay’s Surfing Beaches at a Glance

In Cornwall there are many amazing destinations to choose from. When visiting Newquay you are spoilt for choice of where to surf without even having to get in the car!

  1. Fistral Beach: As the Home of British Surfing, Fistral is considered the premier surfing beach in Newquay, Fistral offers consistent waves suitable for all levels of surfers. It’s particularly famous for hosting international surfing competitions.
  2. Tolcarne Beach: Famous for ”The Wedge” among local bodyboarders Tolcarne provides a fantastic setting for surfing, combining consistent waves, sheltered conditions, scenic beauty, and convenient amenities to ensure an unforgettable surfing experience.
  3. Great Western Beach: Provides diverse wave options suitable for surfers of various skill levels. Its proximity to Newquay town center ensures easy access to amenities and a vibrant atmosphere.
  4. Towan Beach: Situated in the heart of Newquay, Towan Beach is a convenient option for surfers looking for smaller, more manageable waves. It the most tidal of all the local surfing beaches and you cannot surf here at high tide.
  5. Lusty Glaze Beach: A little bit further away from the other beaches Lusty provides shelter and on small days will have the bigger waves out of the Town Beaches.
Surfing Guide To Newquay

When to Surf in Newquay

No matter the season, Newquay offers incredible surfing opportunities for surfers of all levels. Just remember to wear the right kit for the season!

Spring (March – May): As the weather begins to warm up and the crowds start to thin out, spring offers excellent surfing conditions in Newquay. With consistent swells and fewer people in the water, you’ll have ample opportunity to catch plenty of quality waves. Generally, you will start spring wearing all the layers (winter wetsuit, boots, gloves and hoods) but should be down to the wetsuit by the time May comes around.

Summer (June – August): Summer is peak surfing season in Newquay, with warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours making it a dreamy surf destination. While the beaches may be slightly busier, with so many becahes to choose from you can always find plenty of waves  – there are always some hidden gems to be had early in the morning or later in the evening. The layers are minial from a summer wetsuit to a shortie (or boardies) on the sunny days.

Autumn (September – November): As summer transitions into autumn, Newquay experiences a second wave of excellent surfing conditions. The water remains a great temperature, and the swells are generally very consistent, creating prime surfing conditions. Though it is autumn the water has been warming up all year and normally the accessories start to kick in towards the end of October.

Winter (December – February): While the water may be colder during the winter months, don’t let that deter you from surfing in Newquay. Winter brings powerful swells and epic wave conditions, making it a favorite time for experienced surfers seeking a challenge. Just be sure to bundle up and wear appropriate cold-water gear to stay comfortable in the chilly ocean. Neoprene is your friend over these months, the harder surfers will have their boots and winter suits, but for the majority- and those of us who like to stay warm keep those gloves and hoods on.

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See You at The Beach

Visiting Newquay for a surf trip offers a multifaceted experience that caters to every aspect of your adventure, Newquay has something for everyone. Our Surfing Guide to Newquay will hopefully help you dive into adventure and discover all that this Cornish gem has to offer.

In the ocean, you’ll find consistent waves and diverse surf spots suitable for all skill levels. On land, Newquay boasts an array of eateries offering delicious local cuisine to satisfy every palate. And as the day winds down, don’t miss the opportunity to witness Newquay’s stunning sunsets.