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Vote ReviewImpartial reviews submitted by Surf -Forecast users. “A beautiful spot and relatively free of trashy tourists and loyalism due to the limited accommodation, few houses and small car park.
The waves vary with the tide depending on the setup of the banks, breaking left and right for rides up to about 50-100 m. The wave character ranges over the whole spectrum from short intense hollow close outs (often at low tide) to long lazy rides, so patience helps.
It can get quite big here up to 1.5x overhead and larger on occasion, but it can also be a killer paddle out (sometimes unmakeable), particularly if there are two swells running. The Phoenix pub next to the car park is a class act, really friendly with good vibes.
But once the wind picks up past 20 knots then it’s time to get the kites out for a kite surf. The final of the Rip Curl From Search also lands on 15-16 August.
Long stretch of fun beach breaks. One of the best equipped beaches in Britain: surf shop, surf school, bistro, bar and hotel.
We’ve teamed up with The View at Watergate campsite to offer you packages on surf and camping, including tents, caravans, motor homes & camper vans. They have great facilities available including a skate park, heated indoor swimming pool and a play area for kids, all just a short walk from Watergate along the coast path or jump in their shuttle bus available from Watergate Touring Park (summer holidays only) For more information, prices or to book call or message us...
Home to the Extreme Academy and Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate is a consistent all year round beach break, and therefore very popular with surfers of all abilities. The bigger the swell at Watergate, the messier the conditions for surfers, but clean and glassy chest to head high waves are not unheard of when a good south-westerly wind blows.
Check out stock of surf hire equipment & competitive prices. No visit to New quay 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.
Town Great Western Cocaine Lusty Glaze North Whipsiderry This difference in degree shelters the beaches from prevailing westerly winds and swells.
The further north-east towards (Great Western, Cocaine, Lusty Glaze) the more exposed the beaches become reducing the amount of shelter from the expanse of the Atlantic. Town beach and the New quay bay in general are flat beaches, the natural lea of Town headland protecting them from the majority of strong currents and winds, helping to keep the sand compact and rip currents to a minimum.
Stretching from New quay harbor to neighboring Great Western, New quay’s Town beach is the savior for many surfers when large swells and high winds prove too much on the coastlines west facing beaches. Wave quality: 5/10 *Town beach is especially suitable for beginner surfers.
Ideal conditions for surfing in the New quay bay are when winds are light to moderate from the south-west with a wave height of 2-3ft. Town beach has a local bye-law that does not permit surfing at certain stages of the tide.
‘When the tide is below the rocks at the base of the Island on the east side of the beach, surfing is permitted’ Although surf ’BLE at low tide waves will begin to close out frequently.
A prominent spot for local fisherman to line fish so be respectful and aware. Access is gained from Cliff road which leads down a winding path to the beach.
The small sandy beach at high tide backed by cliffs can become a real sun trap for those wanting a quite to soak up some rays. A large selection of the New quay town is perched above Great Western overlooking the beach.
Encompassed by dramatic cliffs Cocaine beach is slightly more exposed to the open ocean and marks the halfway point to where the beaches further along the New quay bay coastline become more exposed and draw in more swell. Famed for the left-hand wedge that breaks off the small headland known as Cocaine Point at high tides.
Small headlands create the curvature of the beach causing the waves to become disorganized and rebound, no good for stand up surfing during higher tides. High tide is reserved for the local bodyboarding community. Don’t expect many waves if the wedge is working.
Past the first hour or two of the tide Cocaine remains a flat beach with compact sand and no real hazards for surfers. Main access to Cocaine beach is down a long steep set of stairs on Cliff road.
An access road typically reserved for guest staying at holidays accommodation is at the far end of the beach opposite the Hotel Bristol. The name Lusty Glaze is said to be derived from the Cornish term ‘place to view blue boats’.
The beach is formed by the dramatic surrounding cliffs which circle inwards to create a small sandy bay at high tide. A short window to surf can be found on neap low tides if your timing is right.
Spots such as Wine Cove below the north-east headland leading to North can offer good waves to surf on spring tides. Lusty Glaze offer a mixture of evening events, cliff top activities and beach side restaurants and café / bar.
If the tides and conditions are right Lusty Glaze beach is a great place to enjoy a relaxing late afternoon surf whilst watching the sunset. Watergate bay is a firm favorite among North Cornwall locals and visiting surfers alike.
Watergate picks up a lot of ground swell (especially Westward) due to its facing West; straight out to the Atlantic. The Bay performs best on a light south-easterly offshore wind because shelter is provided at high tide by our big imposing cliffs.
A local’s tip is to check Watergate even if the rest of Cornwall is blowing a gale. An added bonus is ample car parking just a few minutes walk from the beach.