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You don't have to travel all the way to California to enjoy the best of what the surfing world has to offer, why not stay much closer to home and explore the crisp blue waves of the Atlantic coast at Newquay, a popular English resort town?
Each August, Newquay attracts both professional and amateur surfers from across the country for its Quicksilver Surf Contest, organised at the resort town’s Fistral Beach. Every year, the contest’s organisers invite employees from eight major surf shops in Britain and Ireland to compete against some of the most famous professional surfers. The contest is one of the most colourful outdoors events in Newquay, attracting surf and water sports enthusiasts from around the country.
Fistral Beach is situated just a half mile from Newquay’s town centre and has built a reputation as one of Britain’s premier surfing beaches. It is also an ideal destination for holidaymakers simply seeking to relax on a tranquil, sandy beach and enjoy the ocean waters, which normally become warm enough for swimming by July. The beach also offers an on-site bar and restaurant for those looking to pick up refreshments and light meals as they tan, swim or surf.
Newquay has built such a solid reputation in the world of surfing that local entrepreneurs have constructed competition suites for the judges who serve on a range of surfing contests. There is also a museum of surf history, situated just a few minutes from the Fistral beach.
The destination is known for its Atlantic swells and impressive, consistent waves throughout the year.