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 28/09

Surf report for Mon 28/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
18:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 4:07am (4.89m)
Low 10:44am (1.46m)
High 4:22pm (5.20m)
Low 11:08pm (1.24m)
First light06:45

Tue 29/09

Surf report for Tue 29/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 8mph
12:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 8mph
18:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 4:45am (5.09m)
Low 11:23am (1.26m)
High 4:58pm (5.37m)
Low 11:44pm (1.10m)
First light06:46

Wed 30/09

Surf report for Wed 30/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 26mph
15:00 9ft 10s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
High 5:17am (5.23m)
Low 11:58am (1.13m)
High 5:31pm (5.46m)
First light06:48

Thu 01/10

Surf report for Thu 01/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
3:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 12mph
21:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 12:16am (1.03m)
High 5:47am (5.32m)
Low 12:29pm (1.07m)
High 6:01pm (5.50m)
First light06:50

Fri 02/10

Surf report for Fri 02/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
3:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
15:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Low 12:45am (1.02m)
High 6:16am (5.36m)
Low 12:59pm (1.06m)
High 6:30pm (5.48m)
First light06:51

Sat 03/10

Surf report for Sat 03/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
12:00 11ft 8s  °  ° 30mph
21:00 12ft 9s  °  ° 31mph
Tide times
Low 1:14am (1.05m)
High 6:45am (5.36m)
Low 1:28pm (1.11m)
High 7:00pm (5.41m)
First light06:53