About Watergate Bay

A consistent beachbreak to the north of Newquay, this is a popular contest venue and, dependent on the banks, a two-mile stretch of sand that can churn out punchy lefts and rights along its length. This spot was traditionally seen as a less crowded alternative to Fistral with a less competitive vibe, but it has become increasingly busy in recent years. While the middle of the beach gets packed due to its proximity to the access, a short walk north or south usually yields a quieter peak. Works through the tides but be aware of getting cut off at high when the beach shrinks away.

Source: Watergate Bay Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Any and all especially when small.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Friendly/largely tolerant.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Always busy in the summer and on weekends.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Shifting banks that can produce short, punchy rides or long walls. There's plenty of room to spread out as most tend to stick to the closest peaks.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Can be hard work in bigger swells.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Beware of tide pushing up to cliffs.


A couple of car parks are located above the beach with easy access.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, sup, bodyboard



Best Season

Works year round, but best September - November.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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