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 08/12

Surf report for Wed 08/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:0015ft13s ° °35mph
12:0012ft12s ° °33mph
18:0011ft12s ° °31mph
Tide times
Low 1:37am (1.11m)
High 7:12am (5.54m)
Low 2:07pm (1.11m)
High 7:40pm (5.13m)
First light07:29

Thu 09/12

Surf report for Thu 09/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:008ft12s ° °17mph
12:006ft12s ° °17mph
18:008ft11s ° °29mph
Tide times
Low 2:27am (1.38m)
High 8:05am (5.29m)
Low 2:59pm (1.38m)
High 8:35pm (4.83m)
First light07:30

Fri 10/12

Surf report for Fri 10/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:0010ft10s ° °32mph
12:0010ft11s ° °30mph
18:009ft12s ° °24mph
Tide times
Low 3:20am (1.67m)
High 9:02am (5.01m)
Low 3:58pm (1.65m)
High 9:37pm (4.57m)
First light07:31

Sat 11/12

Surf report for Sat 11/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:006ft12s ° °11mph
12:005ft12s ° °19mph
18:005ft11s ° °16mph
Tide times
Low 4:21am (1.90m)
High 10:07am (4.79m)
Low 5:04pm (1.82m)
High 10:48pm (4.42m)
First light07:32

Sun 12/12

Surf report for Sun 12/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:009ft18s ° °20mph
12:0010ft16s ° °21mph
18:009ft15s ° °23mph
Tide times
Low 5:31am (2.02m)
High 11:18am (4.66m)
Low 6:13pm (1.88m)
First light07:33

Mon 13/12

Surf report for Mon 13/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:009ft13s ° °27mph
12:009ft12s ° °25mph
18:008ft12s ° °23mph
Tide times
High 12:02am (4.40m)
Low 6:41am (2.00m)
High 12:28pm (4.65m)
Low 7:17pm (1.82m)
First light07:34