Newlyn - surfing

Whilst there is rarely surf here it is actually where on of the best known surf photos in Cornwall was taken. On the right day the swell hits the harbour wall causing backwash and a wedge to form. The photo mentioned was by the very talented, late Jacob Cockle and shows a bodyboarder at the foot of a huge backwash wave exploding about 50ft in the air behind.

Surf report

Current surf conditions for Newlyn (21st May)
Wave height * 2ft / 0.6m
Swell period 12s
Swell direction  °
Wind  ° 11mph / 17km/h
* Wave size is face height of set waves.

Also known as:

Bowjey Beach

Type of beach


Lifeguard service

No lifeguard cover


There is parking above the beach and a few parking spaces by the road side