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.

Wed 20/10

Surf report for Wed 20/10
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:007ft9s ° °26mph
12:009ft9s ° °26mph
18:007ft9s ° °22mph
Tide times
High 5:18am (5.38m)
Low 11:59am (1.05m)
High 5:32pm (5.55m)
Daylight
First light07:18
Sunrise07:51
Sunset18:18
Dark18:51

Thu 21/10

Surf report for Thu 21/10
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:009ft9s ° °29mph
12:008ft10s ° °23mph
18:007ft10s ° °17mph
Tide times
Low 12:17am (0.99m)
High 5:49am (5.43m)
Low 12:32pm (1.04m)
High 6:03pm (5.53m)
Daylight
First light07:19
Sunrise07:53
Sunset18:16
Dark18:49

Fri 22/10

Surf report for Fri 22/10
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:005ft10s ° °16mph
12:004ft9s ° °15mph
18:004ft9s ° °11mph
Tide times
Low 12:47am (1.04m)
High 6:19am (5.44m)
Low 1:03pm (1.09m)
High 6:34pm (5.46m)
Daylight
First light07:21
Sunrise07:54
Sunset18:14
Dark18:48

Sat 23/10

Surf report for Sat 23/10
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:003ft7s ° °20mph
12:005ft6s ° °25mph
18:006ft7s ° °26mph
Tide times
Low 1:16am (1.13m)
High 6:48am (5.40m)
Low 1:33pm (1.19m)
High 7:04pm (5.34m)
Daylight
First light07:23
Sunrise07:56
Sunset18:12
Dark18:46

Sun 24/10

Surf report for Sun 24/10
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:007ft9s ° °25mph
12:005ft8s ° °13mph
18:006ft13s ° °11mph
Tide times
Low 1:45am (1.26m)
High 7:17am (5.30m)
Low 2:03pm (1.35m)
High 7:34pm (5.16m)
Daylight
First light07:24
Sunrise07:58
Sunset18:10
Dark18:44

Mon 25/10

Surf report for Mon 25/10
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:007ft13s ° °12mph
12:006ft12s ° °15mph
18:006ft11s ° °16mph
Tide times
Low 2:14am (1.45m)
High 7:48am (5.15m)
Low 2:33pm (1.56m)
High 8:05pm (4.94m)
Daylight
First light07:26
Sunrise07:59
Sunset18:09
Dark18:42