Porthcurno - surfing

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  • Porthcurno Wave
  • Porthcurno has some of the most photogenic waves in Cornwall. Heaving top to bottom turquoise barrels with the headland of Terryn Dinas as a backdrop. On the odd occasion it can be as good as it looks but as a rule it is a close out or too quick to make. The set up makes it popular with bodyboarders.

    Only works on very low tides.

    Surf report

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

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service

    There is an RNLI lifeguard service at Porthcurno during the summer. The beach is patrolled daily from 18th May to 29th September between 10am and 6pm.


    There is a good-sized car park about 5 minutes level walk from the beach. It has ANPR cameras and you have to pay on exiting. Don't pay on arrival as you will be charged twice!

    Given the popularity of the beach the car park tends to fill up during peak season, so arrive early if you want a guaranteed space. Alternatively, if you want to combine it with a visit to the Minack Theatre, you can use their car park at the top of the hill.