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 13/08

Surf report for Thu 13/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
12:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 5mph
18:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Low 6:13am (2.12m)
High 12:12pm (4.15m)
Low 6:53pm (2.23m)
First light05:28

Fri 14/08

Surf report for Fri 14/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
12:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
High 12:54am (4.16m)
Low 7:28am (2.15m)
High 1:39pm (4.20m)
Low 8:14pm (2.15m)
First light05:30

Sat 15/08

Surf report for Sat 15/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 1ft 8s  °  ° 3mph
12:00 1ft 8s  °  ° 4mph
18:00 1ft 8s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 2:16am (4.28m)
Low 8:44am (2.01m)
High 2:51pm (4.45m)
Low 9:24pm (1.90m)
First light05:31

Sun 16/08

Surf report for Sun 16/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 1ft 6s  °  ° 4mph
12:00 1ft 6s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 1ft 6s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
High 3:19am (4.53m)
Low 9:48am (1.74m)
High 3:45pm (4.77m)
Low 10:22pm (1.56m)
First light05:33

Mon 17/08

Surf report for Mon 17/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 2ft 6s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 4:09am (4.84m)
Low 10:41am (1.43m)
High 4:31pm (5.11m)
Low 11:12pm (1.21m)
First light05:35

Tue 18/08

Surf report for Tue 18/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
9:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 4:53am (5.13m)
Low 11:30am (1.12m)
High 5:13pm (5.42m)
Low 11:59pm (0.90m)
First light05:37