Porthleven Surf Report

The reef to the right hand side of the harbour is considered one of the best brekas in the UK and has been the proving ground for many of the current generation of British pros

The wave is not a beginners wave at all - breaking with extreme power on to a shallow, uneven, barnacle encrusted reef, the potential for mishaps is great! Many a time have I played pinball with the rocks here whilst caught inside!

The wave itself is a fairly short left and right of varying quality depending on the swell direction and state of tide. The right is more popular possibly owing to the fact it breaks into an extermely deep channel (the harbour mouth). The right often provides at least one barrel section.

The left is slightly faster and more walley. It also often provides a decent barrel but the risk for taking a beating is a bit greater with the channel not being quite so defined

There is also a wave that breaks in front of the pier. It's got a short ugly left off it and a slightly longer, slightly dodgier right. It only seems to get surfed by bodyboarders which might give you a clue about how gnarly it is!

The ideal conditions are low-mid tide (low for the left), with a south-westerly swell and a north-easterly wind. However, the wave is so much superior to most beach breaks it's often worth a look.

The bad news about Porthleven is the crowd. When it's good all the top surfers in Cornwall are out there, plus the locals and hordes of body-boarders. Unless you're prepared to charge and dodge fibreglass then this probably isn't the spot for you! You have to put in a bit of time here and not be afraid to get any waves

Mon 13/07

Surf report for Mon 13/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
12:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 15mph
18:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 6:18am (1.97m)
High 12:11pm (4.20m)
Low 6:48pm (2.09m)
First light04:44

Tue 14/07

Surf report for Tue 14/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
12:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
High 12:42am (4.31m)
Low 7:22am (1.99m)
High 1:21pm (4.22m)
Low 7:56pm (2.07m)
First light04:45

Wed 15/07

Surf report for Wed 15/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
3:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 15mph
12:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
High 1:50am (4.34m)
Low 8:26am (1.92m)
High 2:26pm (4.37m)
Low 9:00pm (1.94m)
First light04:47

Thu 16/07

Surf report for Thu 16/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
9:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
21:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 2:51am (4.47m)
Low 9:24am (1.77m)
High 3:21pm (4.58m)
Low 9:55pm (1.73m)
First light04:48

Fri 17/07

Surf report for Fri 17/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 3:43am (4.66m)
Low 10:16am (1.57m)
High 4:08pm (4.83m)
Low 10:45pm (1.50m)
First light04:49

Sat 18/07

Surf report for Sat 18/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
3:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
12:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
21:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 4:28am (4.86m)
Low 11:03am (1.37m)
High 4:51pm (5.07m)
Low 11:31pm (1.27m)
First light04:51