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Porthleven ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.7
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.6

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Porthleven Spot ID

pothleven 2011  22nov by photographer troy pointer, Porthleven photo


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Photo credit: troy pointer photographer

Sunday Surfers, Porthleven photo


Photo credit: Jacky Hildick-Smith

Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SW | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 15.5 °C

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Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 03:57 Local time
Wednesday 15
Wave (m) 1.2
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h) 15
WSW 15
SW 20
SW 30
Wind State cross-
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Porthleven in South Cornwall is an exposed reef break that has pretty consitent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Ideal winds are from the northeast. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the optimum swell angle is from the southwest. There is no beach break as well as a right hand reef break.. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Beware of rips and rocks.

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Church Cove, 7 km from Porthleven.

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Porthleven Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Culdrose (navy base), 6 km from Porthleven.

light winds from the WSW

no report
Air temperature
15.2 °C

Current weather near Porthleven

Buoy Data:

At Sevenstones Buoy, 34 miles from Porthleven.

  10PM 11PM 12AM 1AM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.0
Average period (s) 6 6 7 7

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Overall Porthleven Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in August

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Tide stations nearest to Porthleven:

  • Closest tide station
    7 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    9 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    13 mi
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Town and city forecasts close to Porthleven:


  • The closest passenger airport to Porthleven is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Porthleven is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 95 km (59 miles) away.
  • Third is Exeter Airport (EXT) in England, 154 km (96 miles) away.
  • Swansea Airport (SWS) in Wales is 191 km (119 miles) away.
  • Guipavas (Brest) Airport (BES) in France is the fifth nearest airport to Porthleven and is 194 km (120 miles) away.
Porthleven break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Porthleven, Cornwall (South). Use the tab navigation above to view Porthleven sea temperature, Porthleven photographs, Porthleven detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Porthleven webcams, current wind from Cornwall (South) live weather stations and Porthleven 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 Porthleven.