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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 break guidePhoto by: troy pointer photographer

Porthleven Surf Guide

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.

Porthleven Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon  reefReefIcon  s43.6
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
15.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Porthleven:

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

aprilBest Season: spring
The best time of year for surfing Porthleven with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Spring and most often the month of April. Clean surfable waves are typically found 29% of the time in April while 51% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 20% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
29%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
51%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
20%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).
Porthleven Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 02:44 Local Time
Tuesday 29
4AM7AM10AM1PM
Wave (m) 1.6
W
1.5
W
1.5
W
1.3
W
Period (s) 11 11 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
NNW 15
NNW 10
NW 10
W
Wind State cross-
off
cross-
off
cross cross-
on

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Swell History at Porthleven

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Wind History at Porthleven

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Porthleven Reviews:

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Ratings
Based on 4 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s43.6
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s54.7
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.0
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
  • ...

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Review
Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Dave Burr from United Kingdom
“I am a local Porthleven Surfer and while we don't mind (much) other competent surfers visiting, please remember to take all litter away with you and if you pitch up for a dawny please respect the local house owners by not "blasting" drum and base from your Vans massive sound systems. Oh also, remember that the "short Cut" to the Reef through a private garden should be respected and not abused or we will loose the "Privelidge" and the Property owner (a really cool Guy) will close and lock the gates. Lets all enjoy this special "Surf Break" get on together without surfers Dropping in at will, and we can all have fun. One further note to Students - Go to PRAA Sands !!!! or get a JOB IN LONDON !!”

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