Porthleven Surf Report

Surf report for Tue 09/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 7s  °  ° 11mph
12:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
18:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
High 2:38am (4.62m)
Low 9:17am (1.61m)
High 3:14pm (4.86m)
Low 9:53pm (1.43m)
Daylight
First light05:25
Sunrise06:02
Sunset20:51
Dark21:28
Surf report for Wed 10/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 7s  °  ° 11mph
12:00 2ft 7s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 2ft 7s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 3:47am (4.89m)
Low 10:24am (1.33m)
High 4:14pm (5.21m)
Low 10:58pm (1.10m)
Daylight
First light05:26
Sunrise06:03
Sunset20:49
Dark21:26
Surf report for Thu 11/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 3ft 10s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 4:43am (5.16m)
Low 11:23am (1.04m)
High 5:06pm (5.52m)
Low 11:54pm (0.80m)
Daylight
First light05:28
Sunrise06:04
Sunset20:47
Dark21:24
Surf report for Fri 12/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
12:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
18:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
High 5:33am (5.38m)
Low 12:17pm (0.81m)
High 5:54pm (5.73m)
Daylight
First light05:29
Sunrise06:06
Sunset20:46
Dark21:22
Surf report for Sat 13/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
12:00 2ft 7s  °  ° 8mph
18:00 2ft 6s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 12:46am (0.60m)
High 6:18am (5.50m)
Low 1:06pm (0.66m)
High 6:39pm (5.82m)
Daylight
First light05:31
Sunrise06:07
Sunset20:44
Dark21:20
Surf report for Sun 14/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 3ft 5s  °  ° 11mph
18:00 2ft 5s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 1:33am (0.52m)
High 7:02am (5.51m)
Low 1:51pm (0.64m)
High 7:22pm (5.80m)
Daylight
First light05:33
Sunrise06:09
Sunset20:42
Dark21:18
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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