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Drive into St. Ives town and head for Porthgwidden Beach. There is a car park there. The point is over to your right as you look out onto the small Porthgwidden beach, there is also a wave there too.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Breakwater - Ramparts
Wave qualityRegional Classic
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
There is also another car park closer to the point if you head directly left at the entrance to the one described earlier. Travel 100 metres and you will turn left, 20 metres more, turn left. There is a 100 pound warning sign about a fine, but you only get a warning notice and no fine on the first time the inspector catches you. The car park is often pretty much empty, so it is not like you are talking residents spaces.
Usually works in winter storms where everywhere else is super windy and maxed. Can get rippy.Portgwidden beach can also be fun in storm surf - especially for body boarding. The car park at the Island is better to park at as I have seen them fine people at the car park mentioned!!
Good spot, local grommets are good. Enjoy it.
By Anonymous , 08-08-2007
- This is the breakwater, it's the same spot! Back in the day it used to be an awesome break, but after the rocks were dumped there it screwed it up. On a big swell you could ride from 'gwidden, down breakwater, over the "Rampers" and get spat out at the end of the harbour wall. Haven't seen it work properly in years!
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