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Porthtowan ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.2
Difficulty Level: 2.8
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 2.7

Overall: 2.4

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Porthtowan Spot ID

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Type: beach

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell WNW | Wind SE

Sea Temperature Today is: 12.9 °C

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Sunday, 17 November 2019, 17:20 Local time
Sunday 17Mon
Wave (m) 1.1
Period (s) 10 6 12 12
Wind (km/h) 20
N 25
NNE 15
NE 15
Wind State cross-
cross cross

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Porthtowan in North Cornwall is a fairly exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southeast with some shelter here from southwest winds. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west northwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right. Often Crowded. Hazards include rips / pollution / rocks.

United Kingdom wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Chapel Porth, 3 km from Porthtowan.

IS AT (local time)

Porthtowan Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Camborne, 7 km from Porthtowan.

moderate winds from the N

Air temperature
9.6 °C

Current weather near Porthtowan

Buoy Data:

At Perranporth Waverider, 6 miles from Porthtowan.

  12PM 1PM 2PM 3PM
Data Age 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr 1 hr
Wave height (m) 1.1
Dominant period (s) 15.4 15.4 15.4 15.4

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Overall Porthtowan Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in November

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


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

Porthtowan Location Maps

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Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Porthtowan:

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Wave buoys nearest to Porthtowan:

Tide stations nearest to Porthtowan:

  • Closest tide station
    9 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    10 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    St Ives
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    12 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Porthtowan is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 26 km (16 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Porthtowan is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 83 km (52 miles) away.
  • Third is Exeter Airport (EXT) in England, 140 km (87 miles) away.
  • Swansea Airport (SWS) in Wales is 169 km (105 miles) away.
  • Cardiff Airport (CWL), also in Wales is the fifth nearest airport to Porthtowan and is 183 km (114 miles) away.
Porthtowan break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Porthtowan, Cornwall (North). Use the tab navigation above to view Porthtowan sea temperature, Porthtowan photographs, Porthtowan detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Porthtowan webcams, current wind from Cornwall (North) live weather stations and Porthtowan 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 Porthtowan.