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Towan Surf Guide

Towan in North Cornwall is a sheltered beach/harbour break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. The best wind direction is from the southwest with some shelter here from southwest winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the ideal swell direction is from the west. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around mid tide. Often Crowded.

Towan Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
12.7°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Towan:

The best conditions reported for surf at Towan occur when a West swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

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

decemberBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Towan with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of December. Clean surfable waves are typically found 46% of the time in December while 16% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 38% 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 Towan Location Map

Interactive Towan 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 Towan is St Mawgan (Newquai) Airport (NQY) in England, 7 km (4 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Towan is Plymouth Airport (PLH), also in England, 70 km (43 miles) away.

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Towan Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 3 December 2022, 16:56 Local Time
Saturday 03Sun
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 14 13
Wind (km/h)
Wind State on on on cross-

Swell History at Towan

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

Wind History at Towan

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

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Wave Buoys Nearest To Towan: