Newquay - Towan Spot Guide

About Newquay - Towan

The most sheltered of the Newquay beaches, and hence a popular spot during huge southwesterly storms when the waves here can be clean and offshore. A left breaks off the harbour wall, but the rest of the beach is either fast short lefts and rights, or a huge close out. This doesn't stop if from being super busy when breaking and carnage can ensue. Fun if you need to get wet and this is your only option - but keep your eyes open.

Source: Newquay - Towan Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all and any.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Either a chilled summer beginners spot or winter chaos.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Busy in storm swells.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Mostly a close-out. Fun for beginners when small.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

No real channel so lots of paddling.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean.

Additional Information


Crowds, stray boards, rocks.


A couple of car park options close to the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard


Sand and rock patches near high.

Best Season

A haven December - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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