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Porthcawl Point break guidePhoto by: Nick Russill

Porthcawl Point Surf Guide

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.

Porthcawl Point Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeach and pointIcon  s32.7
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
13.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Porthcawl Point:

The best conditions reported for surf at Porthcawl Point 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 Porthcawl Point (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Porthcawl Point 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 4% of the time in February while 43% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 53% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
4%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
43%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
53%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Porthcawl Point Location Map

Interactive Porthcawl Point 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 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.

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Porthcawl Point Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 21 May 2022, 23:21 Local Time
SatSunday 22
10PM1AM4AM7AM
Wave (m)
0.8
WSW
0.7
WSW
0.6
WSW
0.5
WSW
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
10
10
5
5
Wind State on on cross-
on
cross-
on

Swell History at Porthcawl Point

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

Wind History at Porthcawl Point

Wind stats for Porthcawl Point, 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 Porthcawl Point. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach and point
    • Icon  s43.6
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon point  redPoint
    • Icon  s33.0
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away
    • Icon beach  redBeach and point
    • Icon  s22.4
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Porthcawl Point: