About Porthleven

To the west of the harbour sits a Cornish gem, one of the few classic reefs in the county. This quality A frame serves up hollow rights and lefts for a frothingly committed crew of hard charging locals and pros from around the region who descend whenever it breaks. Always packed with a mix of shortboarders, bodyboarders and a couple of world-class longboarders. Definitely experts only. Works through the tide. Parking is an issue here. There's a heavy, slabby right to the east of the harbour channel popular with bodyboarder.

Source: Porthleven Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv

Heavy, hollow, shallow, competitive plus a tiny take off spot means this is a wave for advanced surfers.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Cornwall's most competitive line-up; feisty.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Insanely busy for such a compact spot.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Short and hollow reef that can get epic in big swells.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy paddle round.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean.

Additional Information


Shallow reef, especially at low tide; crowds.


Off the rocks, there is no nearby car park so street park respectfully - has become an issue with local residents; use footpaths - don't access the break over private land.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard


Rock reef.

Best Season

September - February are best when the big swells roll into the Channel.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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