Fistral Beach & Surfcam

Known as the surf capital of the west, Fistral Beach is Cornwall's popular venue for the UK's leading surf competitions, thanks to its west-facing Atlantic swell which ensures consistent waves.


Fistral Beach, in Fistral Bay, is bounded by two promontories, Towan Head to the north and Pentire Point East to the south. The straight sandy beach faces west-northwest onto the Atlantic and is approximately 750 metres long. Backed by steep sand dunes and overlooked by the Headland Hotel, the beach is the venue for major international surfing competitions and a competition suite for judges and competitors has been built at North Fistral along with a surf museum.

The British Surfing Association, Newquay Surf Life Saving Club and the Newquay Boardrider Club are all based at Fistral Beach. The Cribbar, a reef at the north end of the beach, causes waves to break when the swell is high. It is considered to be Cornwall's premier "big wave" location with wave faces as high as 40 feet (12 m).


You can check out the current conditions at Fistral beach through our surfcam.

The Headland, Fistral Beach, Newquay