Newquay - Surf Capital UK
Newquay rules the waves
People come to Newquay with a bucket and spade, but they leave with a surf-board. The beaches are so tempting, the conditions so perfect that every level of skill - or lack of it - is encouraged and rewarded.
The resort hosts world championships at Fistral Bay, which opens its arms wide to the Atlantic rollers. But in the lee of Towan Head's sheltering bulk, the beaches of Towan, Great Western and Tolcarne provide a safe and instructive nursery for belly-boarding learners before they graduate to white horses and the long, shark-finned Malibu boards. Tuition is available, and boards can be hired, either on the beach or from specialist surf shops in town.
Newquay's World Class Surf
The Atlantic comes to Newquay supercharged by the momentum of 3,000 uninterrupted miles. Small wonder surfers talk of the resort in the same breath as Bondi, Malibu and Waikiki. Beaches like Fistral and Watergate Bay are giant superbowls that could have been purpose-built to stage world championships. And they do. Because here wind, tide and water combine in that white-crested, rolling, roaring crescendo the pro's call the Perfect Wave.
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The resort's motto is Great Surf, Safe Surf . The experience of staging national and international events in watersports of all kinds - not just surfing - has been put to good use. A system of warning flags (see Holiday Information) and regular supervision by trained lifeguards gives you essential peace of mind and Newquay a safety record without equal.
Surfing conditions are closely monitored. For an instant update, seven days a week, phone 09068 360360. Calls will be charged at 45p per minute, cheap rate, and 50p at all other times (Prices correct at the time of going to print).
World Lifesaving in NewquayNewquay is famous, not only for Surfing competitions, but also other world class events.
In 1994 Fistral Beach played host to the World Lifesaving Championships, held for the first time ever in the UK, attracting in excess of 1500 competitors from 33 different countries, including the USA, Australia, Canada and Japan in addition to many European countries.
You can obtain a copy of the Surfers Guide to the South West by email here.