THE CROFT Newquay B & B recommend the BSA
Thrill-seekers have been riding our waves for very many years but it wasn't until the early 60's that the sport became organised.
With excellent surfing conditions and the formation of the Surf Life Saving Clubs, Australian lifeguards and other surfing explorers were drawn to the town and, with the support of local manufacturers, Newquay's surf culture was born.
Since then a phenomenal industry has established itself around surfing and Newquay, the UK's surf capital, is proud to host manu high profile national and international surfing competitions.
There are many other adrenaline-charged sports available close by but why not start with surfing. Or just watch the many surfers on Fistral beach and enjoy their antics. Just come and watch the surfing it's great fun.
Surfing at Fistral Beach
British Surfing Association - Fistral Beach - Lusty Glaze, Newquay, Cornwall
The British Surfing Association is the official National Governing Body for the sport of Surfing in Great Britain. The National Surfing Centre based on Fistral Beach and the BSA Surf School based at Lusty Glaze Beach are owned and run directly by the BSA which is a non profit making organisation. You can be assured of the highest standards of:
* Coaching * Safety * Equipment
They Offer: Professional surf coaching for all abilities from a first time novice to an advanced level competitor. Participants should be a minimum of 8 years old and able to swim 50 metres. They can tailor a course to suit your needs, frtom a half day lesson to a week-long intensive programme. They have a highly experienced team of surf coaches both male and female. All their instructors are fully accredited BSA Surf coaches (levels 1-4). ALL COACHES ARE ALSO QUALIFIED BEACH LIFEGUARDS.
ABOUT THE BRITISH SURFING ASSOCIATION: 2 surf schools, Digital Photography available, Discount for Groups, Video Analysis available, Male and Female coaches, A team of highly qualified professional Surf Coaches - with a vast experience of the sport, their staff include a british team coach and a team of lebel 1-4 qualified coaches. Top Quality Equipment All provided FREE, soft boards for beginners. A full range of custom boards by Ocean Magic for imnprovers and more advanced surfers. Top quality Rhino wetsuits provided. Local Grommet Club on Lusty Glaze Beach Saturday/Sunday mornings.
Contact: 01637 850737 or www.nationalsurfingcentre.com
National Surfing Centre: Lesson Times: July & August, April, may June, Sept & Oct. Morning Lesson Check in time 10.00am Lesson Start 10.30am finish 1.00pm Afternoon Lesson check in time 2.30om lesson start 3.00pm and finish time 5.30pm. Evening Lessons are only available in July and August check in time 6.00pm start 6.15pm finish 8.15pm.
If you are serious surfer then it is the North Coast of Conrwall for you. But be warned get expert advice nefore you attempt to surf, it can be dangerous, but I guess that is part of the attraction.
Here is a list of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall.
Starting at Newquay - THE HOME OF BRITISH SURFING and the home of The Croft at Newquay bed and breakfast hotel, where you can start your day of surfing with our renowned breakfast, or even go surfing before breakfast and fill up uyour empty stomach after your morning surf. The Croft newquay b & b has a garage where you surf board can be kept in complete safety, along with your wet suits, which can be hung for drying. We also have a running water tap located near the garage to douse of the sand from your wet suits when you return from surfing.
NEWQUAY - Home of British Surfing. Home of the British Surfing Association. It has achieved its renown status because there are beaches facing in all directions, making a good spread of types of surf for all abilities, and because, with the right confitions it has some really excellent breaks.
The Cribber is situated on the southern side of Newquay Headland. This enorn#mpous wave comes inot the headland when waves are larger than 10 - 15 feet and the winds are in the South East. It breaks into the headland and is definitely not for the inexperienced.
Newquay Bay - 3 sandy beaches Fistral - the best and most famous surfing beach in Britain, all the big competitions are held here. Mawgan Porth - only really works with easterly winds Watergate Bay - sandy, flat and used by learners Whipsiderry - sheltered from SW Winds Crantock Bay when conditions are right this gives good surf Holywell Bay best round low tide.
Fistral Beach - the most famours beach in Cornwall for surfing with it's many surfing contests. At the Northern end of the beach is a good right hander with mahy other waves breaking along the banks. High tide is full but can be rideable. The southern end of the beach is Little Fistral which when conditions are right can be classic. Fistral swells 10-12 ft amd SE winds are offshore.
Newquay Bay - Lusty Glazr, Tolcarne, Great Western & Towan - All four beaches offer great waves when available. Towan is the most sheltered but does get the least amunt. The further north up the bay you go the bigger the swell., because the beaches are more xep[osed to the winds. Towan and Western can get swells up to 4-6 ft.
Crantock - Good quality breakers and is best low tyo mid tide. Sheltered from the south wset to north west winds and surfing is best on the south east winds. Go to the beach from the Bowguie Inn car park and treck down the cliffs.
Watergate Bay - is a large one beach and there is always a great swell aroubnd. Is good at low to high tide.
Porth - Is a small cove which nroows out to sea it only has large breaks at low tide when fully out.
Whipsoderry Beach Very sheltered beach the other side of the Porth headland. Worth a go when the other beaches are a bit full in the summe rmonths. Sometimes can get waves up to 8ft and it is best to get the waves up to 3/4 tide.
Mawgan Port Another good place to go to avoid the crowds but ity has avergae type waves and its needs a fair sized swell and a SE wind to get any decent waves.
Perranporth- The most southerly of the north coast surfing areas Perran Bay you have to walk to get there, so it has fewer surfers Perranporth long sandy beach, with a whole range of surf for all abilities Penhale Corner if the army are not using the firing range, you can surf here! Trevaunace Cove faces north, draws crowds when codnitions are right Chapel Porth tiny beach, only for experts Porthtowan Beach you can get good tubing waves here Portreath but swells round the harbour walls for the experts.
The West - Once you leave the main surfing areas of the north coast, you have to pick your beaches carefully Gwithian good surf under most conditionsCarbis Bay crowded during the summer, good surf when big swells are running Portmeor Beach the beach of St Ives can be a heavy wave, not for beginners Sennan Cove barcing, but can be hazardous Portcurno only for experts, good in s westerlies.
South Coast Prass Sands best with northerly winds, does not break well at high tide Porthleven only for expertsKennack Sands south east facing, beach breaks
East Coast Pentewan Beach pretty beach, used by all abilities of surfer Whitsand Bay for beginners and middle ability surfer
Bude mainly west facing, sandu beaches Duckpool shingle faces west not for beginners Sandymouth sandy faces west not for beginnersNortcott Mouth at Bude punchyy waves not for beginners unless light surf Crooklets popoluar surfing beach with locals some serious stuff Summerleaze the town centre beach near the harbour breakwater Widemouth Bay the main surfing beach in this area all abilities Crackington Haven works well on a rising tide Trebarwith Strand west facing beach break
Polzeath mainly west facing beaches that pick up most swells Polzeath another popular beach for all abilities of surfer Hayle a good beach for beginners Harlyn bay faces north and is about 3 miles west of Padstow Constantine Bay some reef breaks here that should be avoided by beginners Trearon best around low tide.
Rip currents can make bathing and surfing hazardous. There are often warning signs at the beach if there are dangerous currents but sometimes
there are no warning signs.
A flag warning system is used by Lifeguards
In summer many of the more popular beaches have a lifeguard and there is a flag system in use to indicate safe areas for water use.
When you are on the beach do not get too close
to the cliffs as they can crumble.
The Croft Newquay b & b Newquay Bed and Breakfast Hotel is an ideal place to stay when you are surfing the lovely beaches of Newquay a\znd the surrounding areas.