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

Wed 20/01

Surf report for Wed 20/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 14ft 11s  °  ° 28mph
12:00 15ft 11s  °  ° 33mph
18:00 14ft 11s  °  ° 32mph
Tide times
Low 3:34am (1.78m)
High 9:17am (4.68m)
Low 4:01pm (1.82m)
High 9:41pm (4.38m)
Daylight
First light07:33
Sunrise08:09
Sunset16:55
Dark17:31

Thu 21/01

Surf report for Thu 21/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 13ft 10s  °  ° 32mph
12:00 11ft 10s  °  ° 21mph
18:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 25mph
Tide times
Low 4:20am (1.99m)
High 10:07am (4.45m)
Low 4:51pm (2.00m)
High 10:38pm (4.22m)
Daylight
First light07:32
Sunrise08:08
Sunset16:57
Dark17:33

Fri 22/01

Surf report for Fri 22/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
12:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 19mph
18:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Low 5:19am (2.15m)
High 11:10am (4.27m)
Low 5:54pm (2.12m)
High 11:51pm (4.15m)
Daylight
First light07:31
Sunrise08:07
Sunset16:58
Dark17:34

Sat 23/01

Surf report for Sat 23/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 8ft 12s  °  ° 20mph
12:00 8ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 8ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Low 6:31am (2.21m)
High 12:26pm (4.21m)
Low 7:05pm (2.11m)
Daylight
First light07:30
Sunrise08:06
Sunset17:00
Dark17:36

Sun 24/01

Surf report for Sun 24/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 10ft 9s  °  ° 29mph
12:00 11ft 9s  °  ° 27mph
18:00 11ft 18s  °  ° 26mph
Tide times
High 1:08am (4.23m)
Low 7:44am (2.12m)
High 1:37pm (4.31m)
Low 8:11pm (1.97m)
Daylight
First light07:29
Sunrise08:04
Sunset17:01
Dark17:37

Mon 25/01

Surf report for Mon 25/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 9ft 16s  °  ° 20mph
12:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
High 2:11am (4.44m)
Low 8:46am (1.92m)
High 2:35pm (4.51m)
Low 9:07pm (1.76m)
Daylight
First light07:28
Sunrise08:03
Sunset17:03
Dark17:39