About Portreath - Beach

A sheltered, northwesterly facing beach with a harbour at the northern end of the bay. Picks up half the swell of Porthtowan and the beach is a semi-closeout, but is clean during a southwesterly wind when other breaks are blown out. An intense, often bouncy, right breaks off the harbour wall in bigger surf that is popular with the large local crew of hard charging bodyboarders.

Source: Portreath - Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Leave the harbour wall to the experienced.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Fairly relaxed if you show up with humility and respect.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Right gets busy when good, beach quiet.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Mostly a close-out. Right is short, can be bouncy.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy paddle out.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Harbour wall intense with rocks on inside.


A car park looks over the beach, but note if you drive in you have to pay to exit!

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard


Sand with rocky shelf by harbour.

Best Season

December - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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