Surfing at Fistral Beach

Ride out the wave...


Newquay's Fistral Beach is one of the most popular surfing spots in the UK, attracting thousands of surfers across the world each year. With our Fistral Beach Apartments in Newquay overlooking the shore, it's the perfect resting spot to catch all of the action from the many events across the year. 

The beach is roughly 750m long, filled with silky white sand and facing the Atlantic, which is what makes it such a popular surfing spot. The Atlantic produces consistent and often large waves throughout the year, so whether you visit in July or December, there will always be a wave to ride. 

Every year the atmosphere here is bursting with energy and even if you're not a surfer yourself, going along to one of the many events and just watching the surfers makes for a great day out. 

Whilst it's likely that whenever you visit you'll be able to catch someone surfing, here are 3 of the main surfing events across the year.

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The Board Master's Surf

Arguably the most known and talked about event is The Board Master's Surf, which usually takes place in the late summer. Dating back to 1981 the event has grown in popularity each year and shows no sign of slowing down. 

The event attracts pro surfers from across the globe, with many well known names such as Kelly Slater and Taj Burrow making an appearance. In addition to the surfing, the event also hosts a music festival, with names such as Skepta, The Kooks and Kings of Leon headlining this years show. 

The 2020 event is scheduled to take place on 5th - 9th August, however this could be rescheduled, so we recommend keeping up to date with their website for information regarding this. 


British Universities Colleges Surfing Championships

Usually taking place in October, The British Universities Colleges Surfing Championships is a competitive event that attracts over 350 student athletes. The 2020 event hasn't been confirmed but it's usually a more relaxed vibe, where you can take a picnic and relax on the beach whilst watching the surf.

With many bars and restaurants in proximity to the event you can also pick up refreshments and take them to the beach, resulting in an easy and spontaneous day out with lots to keep you entertained. 


English Surfing Nationals

The recognised National Governing Body for the Sport of Surfing in England hosts the English Surfing Nationals at Fistral Beach each year. The 2020 event has been postponed until further notice, however it's likely that it will be back later on in the year. 

The organisation also has a range of surfing schools and clubs, from beginners all the way up to the more seasoned surfer, so if you're wanting to get in to the sport, or build on your existing skills, they are worth checking out. 

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The above events attract skilled surfers who know how to read the water, but surfing can be an incredibly dangerous sport, so we urge everyone to take care if they are wanting to give it a go. There are lifeguards at Fistral Beach every day between March - October, and at weekends throughout the rest of the year, but if the tides are rough it's best to stay out of the water. 

If surfing isn't the sport for you, you may want to check out our list of the best Newquay walks instead.