About Godrevy

One of Cornwall’s most popular surfing beaches, Godrevy picks up plenty of swell, works through the tides, through is noticeably smaller at high. Waves tend to be a bit on the fat side – so bring a board with a bit of extra volume. The Red River is both a source of good sandbars as well as pollution after heavy rains. The rip from the river makes for an easier paddle out when the swell picks up. Any east wind is good, but gets chopped up in a southerly. Easy access from the National Trust car park, which fills rapidly on good days. At lower tides, the beach joins up with Gwithian to the south offering up a huge expanse of peaks and possibilities.

Source: Godrevy Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all, beginners watch out for rips by the river.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive line-up with general good vibe. This may be a popular tourist beach, the the tight local crew won't welcome a lack of etiquette.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

its never quiet, gets very busy during the summer and when good.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Popular, classic Cornish beachie. Middle of bay canclose out in anything above a small swell, but rivermouth generally has good lefts and rights. Can be a bit fat.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Experienced surfers use the rip from the river to get outback. General rips can be strong in big swells.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Generally good, but sewage outAutumn from river after rains.

Additional Information


Pollution after heavy rain can be dire, crowds, rips.


The National Trust has two parking areas in summer, only one in winter. Also parking at Rockpool Pub.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard


Sand with occasional rock outcrops to southern end. High tide breaks on pebbles and stones.

Best Season

Works year round, but best September - November.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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