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Porthcawl Point ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.7

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Porthcawl Point Spot ID

Big waves at Porthcawl, Porthcawl Point photo

Porthcawl Point

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Porthcawl lighthouse, Porthcawl Point photo

Porthcawl Point

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Porthcawl Breakwater, Porthcawl Point photo

Porthcawl Point

Photo credit: Nick Russill

Type: beach and point

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 8.2 °C

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Thursday, 24 January 2019, 06:52 Local time
Thursday 24
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 8 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 15
WNW 10
W 15
Wind State cross cross cross-

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Porthcawl Point in The Vale of Glamorgan is a fairly exposed beach and point break that has reasonably consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the northeast. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. Best around high tide. Likely to be crowded if working. Hazards include rocks / rips.

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Porthcawl, 1 km from Porthcawl Point.

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Porthcawl Point Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Scarweather WaveNet Site, 17 km from Porthcawl Point.


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Current weather near Porthcawl Point

Buoy Data:

At Scarweather WaveNet Site, 11 miles from Porthcawl Point.

  2AM 3AM 4AM 5AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.2
Dominant period (s) 11.8 7.7 7.4 7.7

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Overall Porthcawl Point Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Porthcawl Point Location Map

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Town and city forecasts close to Porthcawl Point:

  • Closest city location
    7 mi
  • Second closest city location
    12 mi
  • Third closest city location
    13 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    15 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    16 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Porthcawl Point is Cardiff Airport (CWL) in Wales, 27 km (17 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Porthcawl Point is Swansea Airport (SWS), also in Wales, 29 km (18 miles) away.
  • Third is Bristol Airport (BRS) in England, 69 km (43 miles) away.
  • Bristol Filton Airport (FZO) in England is 77 km (48 miles) away.
  • Exeter Airport (EXT), also in England is the fifth nearest airport to Porthcawl Point and is 85 km (53 miles) away.
Porthcawl Point break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Porthcawl Point, Wales - South East. Use the tab navigation above to view Porthcawl Point sea temperature, Porthcawl Point photographs, Porthcawl Point detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Porthcawl Point webcams, current wind from Wales - South East live weather stations and Porthcawl Point tide predictions. The United Kingdom swell maps link will open up the big picture showing United Kingdom and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from United Kingdom wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Porthcawl Point.