A Surf Trip In Newquay
June 29, 2015 at 7:16 am
Located in Cornwall, Newquay is a seaside resort that boasts a fantastic range of extreme activities, bars and restaurants. In recent years, Newquay has become famous for its nightlife, surfing and bubbly holiday atmosphere. The resort has a total of 11 beaches and an array of watersports such as surfing, kayaking, bodyboarding, paddlesurfing and coasteering.
Surfing in Newquay
Newquay is the undisputed king of the UK surf scene, and with amazing waves and a great selection of beaches to suit different weather conditions, tides and ability, it is easy to see why.
The ideal beach for novice surfers, Watergate bay is located approximately 3 miles away from Newquay and boasts fine golden sands that stretch for over two miles at the foot of dramatic cliffs. There are several different ways to access the beach, the easiest of which is parking in one of the two beach side parking areas. This is an EU designated beach and has been recognised at the highest standard for UK bathing water.
Mawgan Porth Beach
Located just to the north of Newquay, Mawgan Porth beach is a beautiful sandy beach that has become hugely popular with surfers over the years. The beach is surrounded by magnificent views with both cliffs and rocks on either side, as well as sand dunes on the north side. Surf lessons and equipment are both available at this beach, making it the ideal place for anyone interested in starting surfing. The beach has RNLI lifeguards between the months of May and September.
Porth is a popular west-facing surf beach on the outskirts of Newquay that is sheltered by headlands on either side. There are a number of bespoke surf lessons available for small groups and families who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of Newquay and enjoy the waves in a more relaxing way.
Lusty Glaze Beach
Located on the North coast of Cornwall, Lusty Glaze beach is a popular surfing beach that is surrounded by fantastic scenery and boasts beautiful sandy coves. The name ‘Lusty Glaze’ is derived from the Cornish “a place to view blue boats”. This beach has a great surf school and also offers spa packages. The beach is accessible via cliff steps or the nearby Tolcarne Beach at low tide.
Nestled in a spectacular crescent shaped bay, this beach has very consistent levels of surf and is good for surfing all year round, although it can sometimes be unusable in messy winter conditions. This beach is at its best in offshore south west winds with the best swell conditions coming from the west. There are no parking facilities at Tolcarne but the beach is located close to the town centre.
There are two sides to this beach, North Fistral and South Fistral. The north side of the beach works best when big swells are flying in. On low tide, awesome peaks and barrels are produced. This side of the beach is great for beginners but can get very crowded during the summer months. South Fistral is best at mid to high tide. This beach is suitable for novices, but be aware of the rips!
Choosing a Surf Lodge
With Newquay being the Surf Capital of the UK, it’s hardly surprising that there’s such a wide choice of places for surfers to relax and hangout between surf sessions. As far as surf lodges are concerned, you won’t find a better choice anywhere else.