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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 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

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:
fairly consistent16.5°C

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:

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

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

Porthcawl Point Surf:

Monday, 13 July 2020, 19:36 Local time
Monday 13Tue
Wave (m) 1.2
Period (s) 5 6 6 6
Wind (km/h) 30
SW 30
WSW 15
WNW 10
Wind State on cross-

Tide Times:

For Porthcawl, 1 km from Porthcawl Point.

IS AT (local time)

Porthcawl Point Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Scarweather WaveNet Site, 16 km from Porthcawl Point.


Air temperature
- °C

Current weather near Porthcawl Point

Buoy Data:

At Scarweather WaveNet Site, 11 miles from Porthcawl Point.

  2PM 3PM 4PM 5PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.0
Dominant period (s) 4.9 5.0 4.9 5.0

All wavebuoys around Porthcawl Point

Overall Porthcawl Point Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July


Surf stats for Porthcawl Point: see the swell variation by month.

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Wind stats for Porthcawl Point: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

Big waves at Porthcawl, Porthcawl Point photo

Porthcawl Point

Photo credit: martin r pulling

Porthcawl lighthouse, Porthcawl Point photo

Porthcawl Point

Photo credit: martin r pulling

Porthcawl Breakwater, Porthcawl Point photo

Porthcawl Point

Photo credit: Nick Russill

Porthcawl Point Location Maps

Porthcawl Point Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Wales - South East surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Porthcawl Point

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Porthcawl Point:

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Wave buoys nearest to Porthcawl Point:

Tide stations nearest to Porthcawl Point:

  • Closest tide station
    1 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    3 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    Llantwit Major
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Briton Ferry
    12 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    13 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