Surfing in Cornwall

Surfing in Porthtowan has long been a favourite pastime amongst locals and visitors alike.

The large winter swells attract experienced surfers whilst the more gentle summer surf usually keeps sunseekers, surfers and bodyboarders happy from sunrise till sunset. There are plenty of rock pools for the little ones to explore as well.

Surf Holiday Cornwall

See Porthtowan’s surf cam mounted on the Blue Bar and also the SURF REPORT and tide times guide.

There are two surfing business’s in the village:

Tris Surf Shop est.1972 is positioned a few yards from the beach and will offer lessons, hire out surfboards, body boards and wetsuits as well as selling clothing, surf wax and accessories . PHONE RYAN ON:(01209 890990)

Pure Blue Surf Academy. Since 2004. Pure Blue Surf Academy delivers professional surf tuition for locals and tourists, it is proud to be developing the grass roots of surfing within the local community. PHONE DOMINIQUE ON: 07828830844

surf teacher
Dom Kent Pure Blue Surf Academy keeping children in the right area.

When you are at the beach we would encourage all beach users to follow RNLI safety precautions as the ocean can be very unpredictable. During high seasons the beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards from 10am until 6pm.

Your lodge at Rosehill has an out door lock-up that will accommodate approx three surfboards up to 7′ 4″ long. Longboards can be placed under most lodges.


surfer on big wave
Ben ‘Skin Dog’ Skinner photo by Sarah Bunt