Fistral Beach, Newquay is probably the best known beach in Cornwall and is world renowned in surfing circles as probably the best surfing beach in the UK.
Situated on the western edge of the North Cornwall town of Newquay, Fistral Beach is a northwest facing sandy beach sheltered between the headlands of (East) Pentire and Towan Head. Its location is perfect for catching Atlantic swells and the break from the Cribbar reef is often big and exciting for dedicated surfers.
Cribbar is an anglicised form of the Cornish language word kribow meaning Reefs. it is also known as the Widow Maker, and lies off Towan Head.
The Cribbar is best known for creating annual big waves, popular with experienced big wave surfers from across the world. Wave faces can be in excess of 30 ft (9.1 m).
The Zorba is a reef 2 miles (3.2 km) further off the coast and can create even higher waves.
According to local folklore, the Cribbar was first surfed in 1966 by Ric Friar and Australians Pete Russell and Johnny McElroy as well as American Jack Lydgate.
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