Newquay - Fistral South Spot Guide

About Newquay - Fistral South

Just a short walk down the beach from ‘North’ lies another iconic break with long, walling peaks and a long left breaking off the rocks. South pics up less swell due to Pentire Headland but has the advantage of offering some shelter in a southwesterly wind. Always busy with advanced surfers out back and beginners on foamies on the inside. Watch out for rips here.

Source: Newquay - Fistral South Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv

Better left to experienced surfers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

The best peaks will have a heavy and competitive local crew.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Always busy, crazy in the summer.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Biggest and best days sees long walls plus heavy and hollow peaks, mostly fun and rippable.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

A big paddle in big swells.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Crowds, rips, rocks at southern end.


Parking along Esplanade Road overlooking sea, fills quickly when good. Steps down to beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard


Sand and rock.

Best Season

Works year round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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