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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

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:
fairly consistent14.4°C

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:

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Porthleven sea temperature, Porthleven photographs, Porthleven detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Porthleven webcams, current wind from Cornwall (South) live weather stations and Porthleven 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 Porthleven

Porthleven Surf:

Friday, 10 July 2020, 04:58 Local time
Friday 10
Wave (m) 1.6
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
N 15
NNW 15
N 25
Wind State cross-

Tide Times:

For Church Cove, 7 km from Porthleven.

IS AT (local time)

Porthleven Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Porthleven Waverider, 5 km from Porthleven.


Air temperature
- °C

Current weather near Porthleven

Buoy Data:

At Porthleven Waverider, 2 miles from Porthleven.

  10PM 11PM 12AM 1AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.9
Dominant period (s) 9.1 - 9.1 10.5

All wavebuoys around Porthleven

Overall Porthleven Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

Surf stats for Porthleven: see the swell variation by month.


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

pothleven 2011  22nov by photographer troy pointer, Porthleven photo


Photo credit: troy pointer photographer

porthleven troy pointer freelance photographer  photo


Photo credit: troy pointer photographer

Sunday Surfers, Porthleven photo


Photo credit: Jacky Hildick-Smith

Porthleven Location Maps

Porthleven Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to Cornwall (South) surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Porthleven

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Porthleven:

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Wave buoys nearest to Porthleven:

Tide stations nearest to Porthleven:

  • Closest tide station
    7 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    9 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    St Ives
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    13 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Porthleven is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 46 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Porthleven is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 95 km (59 miles) away.
  • Third is Exeter Airport (EXT) in England, 154 km (96 miles) away.
  • Swansea Airport (SWS) in Wales is 191 km (119 miles) away.
  • Guipavas (Brest) Airport (BES) in France is the fifth nearest airport to Porthleven and is 194 km (120 miles) away.
Porthleven break location map and break info