Portreath Surf Report

Surf report for Wed 17/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 6ft 6s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 20mph
18:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
High 1:43am (4.19m)
Low 8:35am (2.07m)
High 2:24pm (4.12m)
Low 8:57pm (2.09m)
Daylight
First light05:47
Sunrise06:22
Sunset20:19
Dark20:53
Surf report for Thu 18/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 11mph
12:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 4mph
18:00 3ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
High 2:48am (4.43m)
Low 9:34am (1.76m)
High 3:17pm (4.40m)
Low 9:49pm (1.77m)
Daylight
First light05:45
Sunrise06:20
Sunset20:20
Dark20:55
Surf report for Fri 19/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
12:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 17mph
18:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 3:35am (4.69m)
Low 10:17am (1.47m)
High 3:57pm (4.67m)
Low 10:31pm (1.49m)
Daylight
First light05:43
Sunrise06:18
Sunset20:22
Dark20:57
Surf report for Sat 20/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 3ft 11s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 4:12am (4.91m)
Low 10:53am (1.25m)
High 4:31pm (4.89m)
Low 11:06pm (1.28m)
Daylight
First light05:41
Sunrise06:16
Sunset20:23
Dark20:58
Surf report for Sun 21/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 2ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
12:00 1ft 9s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 1ft 9s  °  ° 5mph
Tide times
High 4:44am (5.07m)
Low 11:26am (1.10m)
High 5:02pm (5.06m)
Low 11:39pm (1.14m)
Daylight
First light05:38
Sunrise06:14
Sunset20:25
Dark21:00
Surf report for Mon 22/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
6:00 1ft 10s  °  ° 10mph
12:00 1ft 11s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 1ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
High 5:15am (5.18m)
Low 11:57am (1.01m)
High 5:32pm (5.18m)
Daylight
First light05:36
Sunrise06:12
Sunset20:26
Dark21:02
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Bodyboarder at The Vortex
Bodyboarder at The Vortex

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 wedgy 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.

Check out our detailed 10 day Portreath surf forecast here.