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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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 Towan

UK, Cornwall West

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Latitude: 50° 24.957' N
Longitude: 5° 5.084' W

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In Newquay follow the signs to the Harbour.

English (Translate this text in English): In Newquay follow the signs to the Harbour.

English (Translate this text in English): In Newquay follow the signs to the Harbour.

English (Translate this text in English): In Newquay follow the signs to the Harbour.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

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 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualitySloppy

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest

Good wind directionWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft 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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 Additional Information

Park your car wherever you can find space. The break is right in the town.
Towan needs a huge swell to wrap around the headland, and is usually most consistent in winter. The waves are biggest around low tide and smallest at high tide.

At low tide the beach joins up with Great Western, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze. The waves are bigger the further north you go. The only problem is that it is the longest closeout in the world. Most waves close out at low tide all the way from Towan to Lusty Glaze, with only the occasional peeler. It is always mega crowded though. If it is big enough there will be a decent left behind the harbour.

Mid tide is best giving peeling lefts and rights and the occasional closeout. There is a good left off the harbour wall which gets very crowded with locals.

High tide is usually smallest and suffers from back wash off the breakwall and side wash from the harbour and cliffs.

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car wherever you can find space. The break is right in the town.<br />Towan needs a huge swell to wrap around the headland, and is usually most consistent in winter. The waves are biggest around low tide and smallest at high tide.<br /><br />At low tide the beach joins up with Great Western, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze. The waves are bigger the further north you go. The only problem is that it is the longest closeout in the world. Most waves close out at low tide all the way from Towan to Lusty Glaze, with only the occasional peeler. It is always mega crowded though. If it is big enough there will be a decent left behind the harbour.<br /><br />Mid tide is best giving peeling lefts and rights and the occasional closeout. There is a good left off the harbour wall which gets very crowded with locals.<br /><br />High tide is usually smallest and suffers from back wash off the breakwall and side wash from the harbour and cliffs.

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car wherever you can find space. The break is right in the town.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Towan needs a huge swell to wrap around the headland, and is usually most consistent in winter. The waves are biggest around low tide and smallest at high tide.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;At low tide the beach joins up with Great Western, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze. The waves are bigger the further north you go. The only problem is that it is the longest closeout in the world. Most waves close out at low tide all the way from Towan to Lusty Glaze, with only the occasional peeler. It is always mega crowded though. If it is big enough there will be a decent left behind the harbour.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Mid tide is best giving peeling lefts and rights and the occasional closeout. There is a good left off the harbour wall which gets very crowded with locals.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;High tide is usually smallest and suffers from back wash off the breakwall and side wash from the harbour and cliffs.

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car wherever you can find space. The break is right in the town.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Towan needs a huge swell to wrap around the headland, and is usually most consistent in winter. The waves are biggest around low tide and smallest at high tide.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;At low tide the beach joins up with Great Western, Tolcarne and Lusty Glaze. The waves are bigger the further north you go. The only problem is that it is the longest closeout in the world. Most waves close out at low tide all the way from Towan to Lusty Glaze, with only the occasional peeler. It is always mega crowded though. If it is big enough there will be a decent left behind the harbour.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Mid tide is best giving peeling lefts and rights and the occasional closeout. There is a good left off the harbour wall which gets very crowded with locals.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;High tide is usually smallest and suffers from back wash off the breakwall and side wash from the harbour and cliffs.

Atmosphere

Towan is nearly always mega crowded. Most Newquay groms learn to surf here and if the swell is huge with a westerly wind this can be the only place on the North coast that receives any shelter.

The atmosphere in the water can be bad as agro Newquay "locals" think they have the right to snake and drop-in on anyone.

English (Translate this text in English): Towan is nearly always mega crowded. Most Newquay groms learn to surf here and if the swell is huge with a westerly wind this can be the only place on the North coast that receives any shelter.<br /><br />The atmosphere in the water can be bad as agro Newquay &quot;locals&quot; think they have the right to snake and drop-in on anyone.

English (Translate this text in English): Towan is nearly always mega crowded. Most Newquay groms learn to surf here and if the swell is huge with a westerly wind this can be the only place on the North coast that receives any shelter.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;The atmosphere in the water can be bad as agro Newquay &amp;quot;locals&amp;quot; think they have the right to snake and drop-in on anyone.

English (Translate this text in English): Towan is nearly always mega crowded. Most Newquay groms learn to surf here and if the swell is huge with a westerly wind this can be the only place on the North coast that receives any shelter.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;The atmosphere in the water can be bad as agro Newquay &amp;amp;quot;locals&amp;amp;quot; think they have the right to snake and drop-in on anyone.

General

It does occasionally get very good when the sandbanks are right. Most of the time though, it is a horrendous, crowded closeout.

Unless it is big try Great Western or Tolcarne at mid-tide.

English (Translate this text in English): It does occasionally get very good when the sandbanks are right. Most of the time though, it is a horrendous, crowded closeout.<br /><br />Unless it is big try Great Western or Tolcarne at mid-tide.

English (Translate this text in English): It does occasionally get very good when the sandbanks are right. Most of the time though, it is a horrendous, crowded closeout.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;Unless it is big try Great Western or Tolcarne at mid-tide.

English (Translate this text in English): It does occasionally get very good when the sandbanks are right. Most of the time though, it is a horrendous, crowded closeout.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Unless it is big try Great Western or Tolcarne at mid-tide.

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Towan
De MStubber
30 déc. 2007
New Year Surf - A surprisinmgly fun session, although pretty packed. Towan can be good in the winter when the other beaches are too big/messy or if you dont fancy a long paddle out!
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By Anonymous , 15-10-2007

backwash - try the high spring tides with a big swell. fuckin nuts if u get it right!!

By Anonymous , 29-05-2007

- Towan beach has restrictions May-September - no surfing only bodyboarding until 6pm each evening.

By c u next tuesday , 08-03-2007

Novice - Hi anonymous,i have just started surfing, and I don't want to be thought of as a coward. It is sooooo uncool! Next time you go surfing at a non-cowards break, take me with you. I need to shake this "coward" label that I have been branded with, and going surfing with the big boys would certainly do that, even though my ability would probably not match the conditions, and I might get into difficulties, and I might get in your way a lot. You could turn all the cowards into non-cowards and then we could all surf with you at the big-boys' spots. Wouldn't that be smashing Anonymous, all those people with no ability surfing all your favourite spots. Maybe it is a good thing that there are spots where novices can learn and improve and stay away from the more experienced or "macho" surfers like you.

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