Portreath Surf Report

Portreath is home to The Vortex a right hand reef break which peels of the harbour wall. This is not a wave for the light-hearted and definitely not suitable for beginners. The wave comes in from deeper water and hits the reef going from a lump to past vertical making air drops the norm. Combined with its propensity to barrel and form a wedgey inside this goes some way to explaining where it gets the name.

For obvious reasons (i.e. heavy and hollow) the Vortex is popular with bodyboarders, however there are usually a couple of stand up surfers giving it a go. If all this hasn't put you off then maybe the 'Locals Only' scrawled on the wall might!

The beach itself can produce a half decent wave and packs a fair punch itself on a good day

Being north facing and with high cliffs to the west the beach is fairly sheltered and needs a medium sized west/northwest swell to get it going. In terms of wind this is an advantage as a south-westerly is cross offshore. The Vortex can handle waves of up to 8ft.

Portreath surf report - updated 8am Thursday 19th Jan

7 day surf forecast for Portreath
DateWave HeightSwell DirectionWave PeriodWind
Thu 19th Jan 1
ft
SW 8
secs
E11
mph
Fri 20th Jan 2
ft
SW 7
secs
E11
mph
Sat 21st Jan 1
ft
S 9
secs
E15
mph
Sun 22nd Jan 1
ft
SSW 10
secs
ESE16
mph
Mon 23rd Jan 2
ft
WSW 11
secs
ESE7
mph
Tue 24th Jan 2
ft
W 9
secs
SE6
mph
Wed 25th Jan 3
ft
WSW 13
secs
SW14
mph

*Wave heights are top to bottom face measurements