About Gwithian

This open stretch of cliff-lined sand sits just to the south of Godrevy and will generally be smaller. The currents here sculpt consistently good banks with long lefts and rights that can hold a decent size. A popular spot that breaks through the tides until near high, when it bounces off the rocky headland and cliffs, making the waves backwashy and access tricky. There are miles of golden sands laid out to the south with plenty of room to spread out - though these breaks get progressively smaller due to the headland at St Ives blocking the swell. Avoid the sketchy cliff scramble and take the steps by the lifeguard hut. Large car park overlooks the break.

Source: Gwithian Surf Guide

Ability Level


Beg Int Adv

Great for all when small but when bigger the access and crowd factor means it's better for intermediates.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive but mostly relaxed - a popular spot with visiting surfers.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Large, mostly relaxed crowd.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Banks shift a lot and can range from excellent, long walls to frustrating close-outs. More rippable than hollow.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Long paddles when swell picks up.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Access and rocks at high tide.


Park overlooking beach, walk north to steps.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish



Best Season

Works year round, but September - November is golden.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

Photos & Videos