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Poldhu Cove break guidePhoto by: Jake Kimpton

Poldhu Cove Surf Guide

Poldhu Cove in South Cornwall is a fairly exposed beach break that has unreliable waves. Summer in particular tends to be flat. The best wind direction is from the northeast with some shelter here from south winds. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest.. Best around low tide. Sometimes crowded. Watch out for dangerous rips.

Poldhu Cove Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.4
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
19.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Poldhu Cove:

The best conditions reported for surf at Poldhu Cove occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Poldhu Cove (for consistent clean waves)?

marchBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Poldhu Cove with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of March. Clean surfable waves are typically found 18% of the time in March while 52% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 30% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
18%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
52%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
30%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Poldhu Cove Location Map

Interactive Poldhu Cove 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 Poldhu Cove is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 49 km (30 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Poldhu Cove is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 93 km (58 miles) away.

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Poldhu Cove Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 15 August 2022, 19:08 Local Time
Monday 15Tue
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m)
0.6
W
0.6
W
0.5
SSW
0.6
SSW
Period (s) 5 5 6 5
Wind (km/h)
20
15
5
10
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off

Swell History at Poldhu Cove

Surf stats for Poldhu Cove, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Poldhu Cove

Wind stats for Poldhu Cove, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Poldhu Cove. Click below to view there surf guides.

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    • Icon  s32.8
    Reliability: inconsistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: inconsistent
    3km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.7
    Reliability: inconsistent
    8km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    11km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Poldhu Cove: