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Portreath Harbour Wall Surf Guide

Portreath Harbour Wall in North Cornwall is a reasonably exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the southeast. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the northwest. The beach break provides left and right handers. When the surf is up, crowds are likely Watch out for rocks.

Portreath Harbour Wall Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Portreath Harbour Wall:

The best conditions reported for surf at Portreath Harbour Wall occur when a Northwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Portreath Harbour Wall (for consistent clean waves)?

februaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Portreath Harbour Wall with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of February. Clean surfable waves are typically found 18% of the time in February while 59% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 23% 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).

Explore Portreath Harbour Wall Location Map

Interactive Portreath Harbour Wall 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 Portreath Harbour Wall is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 29 km (18 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Portreath Harbour Wall is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 86 km (53 miles) away.

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Portreath Harbour Wall Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 14 August 2022, 08:11 Local Time
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Wave (m)
Period (s) 8 8 7 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross-
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Swell History at Portreath Harbour Wall

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

Wind History at Portreath Harbour Wall

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

Portreath Harbour Wall Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Steve from United Kingdom
“A reveiw of Portreath harbour wall. Well the wall is built out of locally quarried granite it has some very interesting pointing. The main feature of the wall is to protect the boats in the harbour from the open ocean swell. It's structure follows the contours of the large section of rocks on which it sits, among the rocks is a large sea water swimming pool. On the end of the wall is a white structure in which people used to shelter waiting for lines from boats going into the harbour. The wall has a kink in it and the prevailing waves tend to push into the wall making a very basic ride impossible. The angle of the wall combined with the swimming pool has the ability of causing the unaware a fright. Oh it's not a good place to duck dive either due to the lack of water that cover the rocks. But I love it. Oh did I mention the fact that it really is rubbish!!”

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