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

Fri 23/04

Surf report for Fri 23/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 26mph
12:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 27mph
18:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 28mph
Tide times
High 3:12am (4.94m)
Low 9:57am (1.20m)
High 3:40pm (4.99m)
Low 10:17pm (1.16m)
Daylight
First light05:36
Sunrise06:11
Sunset20:27
Dark21:03

Sat 24/04

Surf report for Sat 24/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 26mph
12:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 28mph
18:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 27mph
Tide times
High 3:59am (5.31m)
Low 10:46am (0.83m)
High 4:24pm (5.33m)
Low 11:05pm (0.81m)
Daylight
First light05:33
Sunrise06:09
Sunset20:29
Dark21:04

Sun 25/04

Surf report for Sun 25/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 29mph
12:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 27mph
18:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
High 4:42am (5.60m)
Low 11:32am (0.56m)
High 5:06pm (5.59m)
Low 11:51pm (0.56m)
Daylight
First light05:31
Sunrise06:07
Sunset20:30
Dark21:06

Mon 26/04

Surf report for Mon 26/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 25mph
12:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 21mph
18:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 5:25am (5.78m)
Low 12:17pm (0.41m)
High 5:48pm (5.75m)
Daylight
First light05:29
Sunrise06:05
Sunset20:32
Dark21:08

Tue 27/04

Surf report for Tue 27/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 15mph
18:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Low 12:36am (0.43m)
High 6:08am (5.84m)
Low 1:01pm (0.39m)
High 6:31pm (5.79m)
Daylight
First light05:27
Sunrise06:03
Sunset20:33
Dark21:09

Wed 28/04

Surf report for Wed 28/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 16mph
18:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Low 1:21am (0.43m)
High 6:52am (5.77m)
Low 1:45pm (0.51m)
High 7:15pm (5.72m)
Daylight
First light05:25
Sunrise06:01
Sunset20:35
Dark21:11