Following our Newquay blog post last week, we thought we’d give a little more love to Fistral. It’s not a beach we head to much, partly because of our affinity for Godrevy, but it’s definitely one we need to go to more. A true surfers beach, it’s no surprise that Fistral remains one of the top destinations for international surfers.
I’m sure you’re all familiar with Fistral, whether you’re local or not. It’s the quintessential Cornish beach we all think of — soft golden sand, imposing sand dunes, the perfect blue water with consistent waves and surfers wherever you look. Even if there were no waves, it’d still be a pretty beach. But the surf is extra. Two headlands — Towan and East Pentire — boarder Fistral and act as a funnel, pushing all of the swell towards the beach. But, the consistent surf conditions make Fistral a busy spot throughout the summer. For most of us, this isn’t really a factor. We love sharing our passion with others, and any session in the water is a good one.
Sitting out from the Towan headland is the Cribbar reef. The name alone is enough to strike fear! As Englands on big wave surf spot, it’s only for those experienced big-wave riders. But it’s a spectacle in its own right, whether there are surfers or not. We don’t get many opportunities to see waves this big, without going searching.
Fistral really is a beach for people of all surfing abilities. From the brave who ride the Cribbar, mentioned above, to those who are taking their first paddles, you’ll find them all here. And that’s shown time and time again with the number of professional competitions held on the beach. We’ve spoken about Boardmasters a few times in the past, but more so from a music perspective. But the festival has surfing at its core — not that the name gives any clues! Since the first Boardmasters, close to 40 years ago, the surfing competitions have been held at Fistral. Bringing in pros from around the globe, throughout the summer you may be rubbing shoulders with some of the surfing greats.
Our love for Fistral has returned in a big way this year, and we’re certain we’ll be spending a lot more time over there throughout the summer. We might give the Cribbar a miss, though! Will you be joining us?