May 28, 2010 - 17:17
Newquay styles itself as 'The Surfing Capital of Britain' and in terms of popularity and profile, few would argue with this. Newquay is firmly established as the centre of the UK's surf industry with a high concentration of surf shops, board manufacturers and hire shops in the town. At the centre of Newquay's surfing reputation is Fistral beach. Fistral lives up to its reputation as one of the best beachbreaks in Cornwall. On its day Fistral is capable of producing powerful, hollow waves and holding a good sized swell. It even has the bonus of being sheltered enough and sufficiently north-facing in places that it can get away with a south westerly wind. Fistral Beach has been host to international surfing competitions for around 20 years now, most recently the Relentless Boardmasters.
Above: Revellers at Relentless Boardmasters Music Festival; Image by Lee Searle
Newquay is also known for the 'Run to the Sun' event, which always takes place during the public holiday on the last weekend in May. Multitudes of people descend on the town in Volkswagon camper vans, Beetles and other custom cars. Over the past decade or so Newquay has been well documented in the media for its lively nightlife and has the power to attract many events (like those previously mentioned) and many international DJs.