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

Sat 25/09

Surf report for Sat 25/09
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:003ft10s ° °3mph
12:002ft10s ° °6mph
18:002ft10s ° °8mph
Tide times
Low 2:47am (1.40m)
High 8:18am (5.04m)
Low 3:03pm (1.53m)
High 8:35pm (4.93m)
Daylight
First light06:40
Sunrise07:12
Sunset19:13
Dark19:45

Sun 26/09

Surf report for Sun 26/09
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:002ft9s ° °15mph
12:004ft6s ° °22mph
18:007ft9s ° °29mph
Tide times
Low 3:16am (1.66m)
High 8:50am (4.82m)
Low 3:35pm (1.81m)
High 9:09pm (4.64m)
Daylight
First light06:41
Sunrise07:14
Sunset19:10
Dark19:42

Mon 27/09

Surf report for Mon 27/09
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:007ft9s ° °23mph
12:008ft9s ° °22mph
18:008ft10s ° °18mph
Tide times
Low 3:49am (1.94m)
High 9:27am (4.55m)
Low 4:14pm (2.10m)
High 9:53pm (4.32m)
Daylight
First light06:43
Sunrise07:15
Sunset19:08
Dark19:40

Tue 28/09

Surf report for Tue 28/09
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:007ft11s ° °20mph
12:008ft10s ° °31mph
18:009ft9s ° °25mph
Tide times
Low 4:32am (2.23m)
High 10:20am (4.27m)
Low 5:10pm (2.37m)
High 11:03pm (4.03m)
Daylight
First light06:45
Sunrise07:17
Sunset19:06
Dark19:38

Wed 29/09

Surf report for Wed 29/09
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:006ft9s ° °16mph
12:005ft9s ° °14mph
18:004ft8s ° °16mph
Tide times
Low 5:38am (2.46m)
High 11:52am (4.07m)
Low 6:39pm (2.49m)
Daylight
First light06:46
Sunrise07:18
Sunset19:04
Dark19:36

Thu 30/09

Surf report for Thu 30/09
 SwellPeriodSwell directionWind directionWind speed
6:005ft7s ° °19mph
12:005ft7s ° °21mph
18:006ft8s ° °18mph
Tide times
High 12:57am (3.97m)
Low 7:18am (2.49m)
High 1:41pm (4.19m)
Low 8:21pm (2.30m)
Daylight
First light06:48
Sunrise07:20
Sunset19:02
Dark19:34