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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Fistral

UK, Cornwall West

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 50° 25.043' N
Longitude: 5° 6.119' W

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At North or South, by Road!

English (Translate this text in English): At North or South, by Road!

English (Translate this text in English): At North or South, by Road!

English (Translate this text in English): At North or South, by Road!

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Ordinary, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Localism
- Pollution

 Additional Information

Three main spots: Little Fistral (near Pentire Head); often crowded, doesn't work at high tides: North Fistral; probably one of the best beach breaks in the UK (on it's day), and South Fistral; some shelter from SWly winds, with some nice lefts off the rocks at most tides. Little / North Fistral usually fairly busy, but South not too bad. Very occaisional reports of hassling etc at Little / North, but generally 'competitive' atmosphere without being aggressive!

English (Translate this text in English): Three main spots: Little Fistral (near Pentire Head); often crowded, doesn't work at high tides: North Fistral; probably one of the best beach breaks in the UK (on it's day), and South Fistral; some shelter from SWly winds, with some nice lefts off the rocks at most tides. Little / North Fistral usually fairly busy, but South not too bad. Very occaisional reports of hassling etc at Little / North, but generally 'competitive' atmosphere without being aggressive!

English (Translate this text in English): Three main spots: Little Fistral (near Pentire Head); often crowded, doesn't work at high tides: North Fistral; probably one of the best beach breaks in the UK (on it's day), and South Fistral; some shelter from SWly winds, with some nice lefts off the rocks at most tides. Little / North Fistral usually fairly busy, but South not too bad. Very occaisional reports of hassling etc at Little / North, but generally 'competitive' atmosphere without being aggressive!

English (Translate this text in English): Three main spots: Little Fistral (near Pentire Head); often crowded, doesn't work at high tides: North Fistral; probably one of the best beach breaks in the UK (on it's day), and South Fistral; some shelter from SWly winds, with some nice lefts off the rocks at most tides. Little / North Fistral usually fairly busy, but South not too bad. Very occaisional reports of hassling etc at Little / North, but generally 'competitive' atmosphere without being aggressive!

Atmosphere

As above

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English (Translate this text in English): As above

English (Translate this text in English): As above

General

Can be classic, can be a complete waste of time.
Generally better than most other Newquay beaches (Watergate included). Go try it, but not on a w/e in summer.

English (Translate this text in English): Can be classic, can be a complete waste of time.<br />Generally better than most other Newquay beaches (Watergate included). Go try it, but not on a w/e in summer.

English (Translate this text in English): Can be classic, can be a complete waste of time.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Generally better than most other Newquay beaches (Watergate included). Go try it, but not on a w&#47;e in summer.

English (Translate this text in English): Can be classic, can be a complete waste of time.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Generally better than most other Newquay beaches (Watergate included). Go try it, but not on a w&amp;#47;e in summer.

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Fistral
De GoofyFoot
6 sept. 2007
Fistral South -
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Fistral
De undapressure
4 févr. 2007
- Awesome surf. Warm (for feb), sunny. Really clean left and rights, quiet. What more can I say, it was amazing.
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Fistral
De undapressure
3 févr. 2007
- Had bit of a session at Fistral, was head high or so, bigger in the sets. Bit hard getting out, cold but very sunny. Couple of good waves.
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Fistral
De matthewthom
11 juil. 2006
newquay -
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Voyage : Late Summer in Croyde 07
De GoofyFoot
Du 6 sept. 2007 au 9 sept. 2007
Long weekend of sunshine and small summer surf in north devon
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By Anonymous , 16-09-2007

Nigel Woodcock - hey seen a couple of posts about my dad, Nigel Woodcock,for anyone that wants to know, he is still around he now has his own yacht managment buisness, so doesnt really have time to shape anymore, however i am on the case and reckon i will have him shaping again soon! alot of nagging and gentle persuasion should do the trick! i have got him back surfing as he was away for a few years with his work but hes back in the sea now, and still ripping, hopefully it should light his fire again and make him wana shape some more boards!

anyway il keep you posted

[b]Brett Woodcock[/b]

By andy , 16-06-2007

andy ..pentire - it can be good some times epic,but most of the time its full of wannabe twats that paddel about given you the stink eye..or its on shore ... we have 1000s of miles of coast in the uk why the f..k does everyone wanna surf her.i have surfed all over the uk and the world and hate to say it but fistral has the worst vibe..you guys in the east/north east are much more chilled out ..or maybe its just the cold water..ever way its a better vibe.so save your petrol and the planet and go surf your nearest break .

By Patchwork , 29-05-2007

newquay - iv been going to newquay for quite a few years now, and i thought it was the one and only place to be for surfing in the south. but since going to north devon iv been totally changed u guys do have alot of nice beaches with nice surf but its the crowds of yobs ect that come down every summer, all they do is trash the beach and get pissed every night making it almost impossible to have a good night out without stepping in puke or getting a fist in ur face, i understand that its a large part of newquays economy but if any one else has the same trouble with newquay that i do i would seriously advise north devon. crantock is a lovley beach tho and ill have alot of good memorys their.

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