About Crantock

This northwesterly facing rivermouth and beachbreak is a good spot to escape the Newquay crowds. The rivermouth at the northern end can have long lefts and rights depending on the sandbars, occasionally fast and hollow for the tubehounds or long and mellow for the loggers. The southern Bowgie end has a peak that comes alive in bigger swells with long lefts and short rights, but this is a favoured haunt of the heavy local crew so respectful, expert surfers only here.

Source: Crantock Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

Fun waves around the rivermouth for all comers especially when small.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Rivermouth pretty chilled but Bowgie is a heavy local spot. Bring respect.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Rivermouth will generally be busy, occasional longboarders yet to master the art of etiquette.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Classic rivermouth with fun peaks.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Long paddles and big rips when the swell kicks in.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Can get nasty when it rains.

Additional Information


Dirty water.


National Trust parking at the beach or access from Pentire Headland at north end.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard



Best Season

Year round but September - November is when its at its best.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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