Fistral Surf Report

As the UK's best known surf beach and birth place of surfing in Britain Fistral has a lot to live up to. The spotlight on Newquay's premiere surf beach has often led to people being dismissive about the actual quality of the waves - don't beleive the hype! Fistral really is one of the best beach breaks in Cornwall capable of producing powerful, hollow waves and working under a variety of conditions.

Facing WNW means Fistral picks up a good deal of any north coast swell running. It is also capable of holding it - there are often surfable waves here at 6-8ft and when it gets really huge there's always the Cribbar! As with all beaches the quality of the waves is dependent on the quality of the sand banks. Fistral seems to have fairly consistently good banks.

The beach works through all states of tide, except for Little Fistral (at the northern end) which only really exists at low tide. Little Fistral usually picks up a little more swell than the rest of the beach so can be a good call.

Perhaps the biggest negative aspect of surfing at Fistral is the crowds. As surfing becomes increasingly popular, Newquay and in particular, Fistral, are baring the brunt of this. On small summer days it's probably a good plan to try somewhere else. It does quieten down a lot in the winter, but not as much as it used to so you'd be pretty lucky to score epic Fistral to yourself.

At the northern end of Fistral in front of Towan head is the Cribbar, Cornwall's legendary big wave spot. Unlike many potential big wave spots around the coast the Cribbar has been surfed, and at over 20ft. Only a handful of surfers have braved the monster that is the Cribbar. The first were Jack Lydgate and visiting Aussie surfers Johnny McIlroy and Pete Russell back in 1966.

Thu 29/07

Surf report for Thu 29/07
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:005ft7s ° °15mph
12:004ft7s ° °11mph
18:004ft7s ° °21mph
Tide times
Low 3:33am (1.18m)
High 9:02am (4.87m)
Low 3:46pm (1.36m)
High 9:22pm (5.04m)
First light05:04

Fri 30/07

Surf report for Fri 30/07
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:0010ft8s ° °37mph
12:006ft7s ° °21mph
18:005ft7s ° °20mph
Tide times
Low 4:10am (1.42m)
High 9:42am (4.67m)
Low 4:24pm (1.59m)
High 10:03pm (4.79m)
First light05:06

Sat 31/07

Surf report for Sat 31/07
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:004ft7s ° °12mph
12:003ft7s ° °12mph
18:003ft6s ° °11mph
Tide times
Low 4:49am (1.66m)
High 10:25am (4.47m)
Low 5:06pm (1.83m)
High 10:50pm (4.53m)
First light05:08

Sun 01/08

Surf report for Sun 01/08
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:003ft6s ° °9mph
12:003ft6s ° °15mph
18:003ft5s ° °15mph
Tide times
Low 5:34am (1.88m)
High 11:18am (4.29m)
Low 5:59pm (2.04m)
High 11:48pm (4.31m)
First light05:09

Mon 02/08

Surf report for Mon 02/08
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:002ft6s ° °10mph
12:002ft6s ° °12mph
18:002ft4s ° °15mph
Tide times
Low 6:30am (2.05m)
High 12:25pm (4.17m)
Low 7:05pm (2.16m)
First light05:11

Tue 03/08

Surf report for Tue 03/08
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:003ft6s ° °13mph
12:003ft6s ° °10mph
18:002ft7s ° °12mph
Tide times
High 1:02am (4.20m)
Low 7:38am (2.12m)
High 1:45pm (4.19m)
Low 8:20pm (2.15m)
First light05:13