THE PERFECT NEWQUAY SURFING EXPERIENCE
No visit to Newquay is complete without experiencing the thrill of catching a Cornish wave and the Town beaches provide the perfect setting for enjoying a summer day on the sand before relaxing in one of the many bars and restaurants that line the shore.
THE NEWQUAY BAY
The Newquay Bay comprises of four main beaches with two outlying beaches on the north east fringe of the town.
From Towan beach at Newquay harbour to Watergate Bay, each beach shares common attributes as well as possessing their own unique benefits.
The Newquay Bay is divided up by its individual beach names:
- Great Western
- Lusty Glaze
WHY IS THE NEWQUAY BAY GOOD FOR SURFING?
Towan and the connected beaches that constitute the Newquay bay face north, north west respectively. This difference in degree shelters the beaches from prevailing westerly winds and swells. (unlike the majority of beaches in north Cornwall)
Surfers in Newquay ultimately enjoy an increased amount of surfing days due to the shelter the Newquay bay provides.
The further north east towards (Great Western, Tolcarne, Lusty Glaze) the more exposed the beaches become reducing the amount of shelter from the expanse of the Atlantic.
Towan beach and the Newquay bay in general are flat beaches, the natural lea of Towan headland protecting them from the majority of strong currents and winds, helping to keep the sand compact and rip currents to a minimum.
This compact sand shapes how the waves approach the beach and how they break, although ‘the bay’ is not always favoured for highly experienced & advanced surfers due to the wave shape – surfing and general water users flock to the beaches for a host of other benefits.