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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 consistent
16.1°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.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Porthleven 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 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.

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Porthleven Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 6 October 2022, 05:58 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 11 11 11
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Porthleven

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

Wind History at Porthleven

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

Porthleven Reviews:

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Based on 4 votes.
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  • 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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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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