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Mounts Bay (Penzance) break guidePhoto by: Tom

Mounts Bay (Penzance) Surf Guide

Penzance in South Cornwall is a fairly exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Offshore winds are from the northeast. Waves more likely to be from local windswells than distant groundswells and the ideal wave direction is from the south southwest.. Best around mid tide. Watch out for rocks.

Mounts Bay (Penzance) Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
15.0°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Mounts Bay (Penzance):

The best conditions reported for surf at Mounts Bay (Penzance) occur when a South-southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Mounts Bay (Penzance) (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Mounts Bay (Penzance) with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 5% of the time in February while 22% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 73% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Mounts Bay (Penzance) Location Map

Interactive Mounts Bay (Penzance) surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The closest passenger airport to Mounts Bay (Penzance) is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 51 km (32 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Mounts Bay (Penzance) is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 105 km (65 miles) away.

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Mounts Bay (Penzance) Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 June 2022, 15:41 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 11 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at Mounts Bay (Penzance)

Surf stats for Mounts Bay (Penzance), see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Mounts Bay (Penzance)

Wind stats for Mounts Bay (Penzance), see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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