About St Agnes

Punchy, busy beachbreak nestled in the heart of the 'Badlands,' one of Cornwall's most core surf communities. In medium to large swells, this small sheltered bay delivers quality, hollow rights and shorter lefts and is one of the few spots on the coast that can handle southwesterly winds. As a result, the small line-up has become increasingly busy to the point of chaos. Don't drop in. Heavy rains bring pollution down the outdated drains from the overwhelmed village sewage infrastructure.

Source: St Agnes Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Not for beginners except when small.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Always super competitive. Can get feisty. Long established local crew, don't expect a warm welcome.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Very busy.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Heavy and hollow, especially at low.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Easy paddle out in rip on left by harbour wall.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

OK - except after heavy rain when the sewage is definitely visible.

Additional Information


Rips, Crowds, punchy, rocks.


Pay car parks close to beach. Do not drive down the slip way... its a clutch burning reverse or a watery automotive grave...

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard



Best Season

December - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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