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Fistral Beach
Newquay, North Cornwall

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Fistral Beach Surfing
Newquay Beach

Fistral Beach can be found on the north coast of Cornwall just west of the lively seaside resort of Newquay. It lies between the promontories of Towan Head to the north and Pentire Point East on the south side.

Fistral Beach is synonymous with one thing - surfing, being the location of the headquarters of the British Surfing Association and where many national and international surfing competitions are held.

Surfing has become the predominant sport here thanks to the reliable left breaking waves coming in off the Atlantic Ocean. The straight and sandy beach runs for about 750 metres and faces northwest, backed by sand dunes. Fistral is famous among the surfing community for the ‘cribbar', a scarce enormous wave (by British standards) generated by a shallow reef beneath the headland north of the beach. It results from a rare combination of a low spring tide with a south east wind and usually occurs about once a year.

Surf boards and wet suits can be hired for those who wish to try their hands at the sport, also surfing tuition can be had ranging from a couple of hours to a full week. Those who are absolute beginners are advised to try the body boards at the nearby sheltered beaches of Towen, Great Western and Tolcarne.

As a distraction from surfing there is the town of Newquay which is tremendously popular with the younger crowd, with its many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Just off the main street (Fore Street) you can see the world's longest surfboard, displayed outside Longboard House - thirty six and a half feet long and ridden by eleven people in honour of the total solar eclipse of August 1999.

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