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

Sun 05/12

Surf report for Sun 05/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:0011ft10s ° °35mph
12:009ft9s ° °30mph
18:007ft10s ° °20mph
Tide times
High 4:49am (5.84m)
Low 11:39am (0.69m)
High 5:12pm (5.73m)
Daylight
First light07:25
Sunrise08:03
Sunset16:20
Dark16:58

Mon 06/12

Surf report for Mon 06/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:005ft10s ° °26mph
12:007ft6s ° °33mph
18:0010ft8s ° °32mph
Tide times
Low 12:02am (0.75m)
High 5:35am (5.84m)
Low 12:28pm (0.73m)
High 5:59pm (5.62m)
Daylight
First light07:26
Sunrise08:04
Sunset16:19
Dark16:57

Tue 07/12

Surf report for Tue 07/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:009ft13s ° °31mph
12:0011ft12s ° °32mph
18:0022ft15s ° °46mph
Tide times
Low 12:49am (0.89m)
High 6:23am (5.74m)
Low 1:17pm (0.88m)
High 6:48pm (5.40m)
Daylight
First light07:28
Sunrise08:05
Sunset16:19
Dark16:57

Wed 08/12

Surf report for Wed 08/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:0025ft15s ° °41mph
12:0021ft14s ° °46mph
18:0017ft13s ° °43mph
Tide times
Low 1:37am (1.11m)
High 7:12am (5.54m)
Low 2:07pm (1.11m)
High 7:40pm (5.13m)
Daylight
First light07:29
Sunrise08:07
Sunset16:19
Dark16:57

Thu 09/12

Surf report for Thu 09/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:009ft13s ° °15mph
12:007ft12s ° °5mph
18:006ft12s ° °9mph
Tide times
Low 2:27am (1.38m)
High 8:05am (5.29m)
Low 2:59pm (1.38m)
High 8:35pm (4.83m)
Daylight
First light07:30
Sunrise08:08
Sunset16:19
Dark16:57

Fri 10/12

Surf report for Fri 10/12
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:0010ft11s ° °31mph
12:0012ft10s ° °36mph
18:0011ft12s ° °30mph
Tide times
Low 3:20am (1.67m)
High 9:02am (5.01m)
Low 3:58pm (1.65m)
High 9:37pm (4.57m)
Daylight
First light07:31
Sunrise08:09
Sunset16:19
Dark16:57