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

Tue 12/11

Surf report for Tue 12/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 14ft 16s  °  ° 29mph
12:00 12ft 15s  °  ° 27mph
18:00 10ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
High 4:15am (5.35m)
Low 10:56am (1.18m)
High 4:30pm (5.43m)
Low 11:11pm (1.09m)
Daylight
First light06:53
Sunrise07:29
Sunset16:41
Dark17:16

Wed 13/11

Surf report for Wed 13/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 17mph
12:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 27mph
18:00 10ft 9s  °  ° 25mph
Tide times
High 4:47am (5.45m)
Low 11:30am (1.12m)
High 5:03pm (5.47m)
Low 11:45pm (1.07m)
Daylight
First light06:55
Sunrise07:30
Sunset16:40
Dark17:15

Thu 14/11

Surf report for Thu 14/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 13ft 14s  °  ° 10mph
12:00 12ft 17s  °  ° 19mph
18:00 14ft 13s  °  ° 25mph
Tide times
High 5:20am (5.49m)
Low 12:05pm (1.11m)
High 5:37pm (5.44m)
Daylight
First light06:56
Sunrise07:32
Sunset16:39
Dark17:14

Fri 15/11

Surf report for Fri 15/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 24mph
18:00 8ft 7s  °  ° 28mph
Tide times
Low 12:19am (1.11m)
High 5:54am (5.47m)
Low 12:41pm (1.16m)
High 6:13pm (5.35m)
Daylight
First light06:58
Sunrise07:33
Sunset16:37
Dark17:13

Sat 16/11

Surf report for Sat 16/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 14mph
18:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
Low 12:56am (1.21m)
High 6:30am (5.39m)
Low 1:20pm (1.27m)
High 6:52pm (5.19m)
Daylight
First light06:59
Sunrise07:35
Sunset16:36
Dark17:12

Sun 17/11

Surf report for Sun 17/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 3ft 16s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 15mph
18:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 1:35am (1.38m)
High 7:11am (5.24m)
Low 2:02pm (1.44m)
High 7:36pm (4.98m)
Daylight
First light07:01
Sunrise07:37
Sunset16:35
Dark17:10