About Praa Sands

Through the winter months this beachbreak regularly produces waves, from fun walls to speeding barrels. When big westerly or clean southwesterly swells combine with the chilly northerly winds that blow out the north coast, surfers from across the county head for the south side and the car park at Praa will be buzzing. Undoubtedly south coast Cornwall's best-known beachbreak, it can produce heavy, hollow peaks in big swells, while a decent right often reels away from the western headland. High tide can transform into a shore dump. A crowd magnet.

Source: Praa Sands Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Crowd factor means beginners may struggle for waves. Also heavy.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Packed when it's on but there are a few peaks which help spread the crowds a little.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Lower tides can have nice peaks, occasionally hollow and challenging.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Can be hardwork.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Crowds, more crowds.

Access

There are a number of pay car parks overlooking the beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard, bodysurfing

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

Mostly December - February especially in big Atlantic storms.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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