Newquay, CornwallI have no pictures of Newquay as I hardly ever surf there. Watergate pictures instead:
Wildlife at Newquay:
- At least one seal lives in the harbour area.
- you may see seals off the headland between Porth Joke / Polly Joke and Hollywell Bay to the South.
- there is a Sealife Centre in the centre of Newquay.
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The town has two main beaches:
Fistral to the west
Town centre beaches to the North
There is a railway station and an airport.
Newquay gets a lot of the surf competitions, presumably because access and accomodation are easy.
However this means that non-competitors get ousted, which seems a little unfair: who owns the seas?
Much has been written about Newquay. A place best avoided in Summer (July/August) when the lager-louts descend on the place.
Strangely, The best surfing I've had and witnessed there has been in January and March (not months you would associate with good waves) - when the water is pretty cold.
If you don't like crowds: AVOID THIS PLACE.
Surfing at Fistral with a 4ft swell, the crowds can be so intense, that the only way to guarantee a wave is take out an 11ft board and catch the wave 50 metres before the other 50 people going for the same wave.
The summer brings strutting youths with wetsuits hanging down to their knees proudly displaying the latest unused rashvest they have bought.
Smell that testosterone.
If the US surf industry has succeeded anywhere in the UK it is here.
The streets in the morning tend to be littered with kebabs and chip papers.
The busiest places in town are garish pubs and clubs and the charmless Indian restaurants.
But, all the same, I have an affection for Newquay.
Newquay AccommodationThere are too many to list.
Due to trouble and rowdiness some places will only accept families or couples.
Newquay Surf Equipment and ShopsGenerally an excellent selection of shops from which to get equipment. If you are in the market for a second hand surfboard this is a good place to start.
West Country Surfer Guide