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Porthcothan Surfing

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Surfing Porthcothan

A long narrow surfing beach with wonderful coves, caves and pools.  Its a fantastic beach for being introduced to surfing.  Gentle waves break and roll towards the shore  allowing  all novice surfers the  opportunity to catch quality waves to progress.

Surf Spot Quality

Easy and forgiving wave with good length of ride due to shallow shelf over sand   beach.  Great beginner and intermediate wave, however dependent upon sand banks.

picks up most south west, west and north west swells

best wind from the east, south east and north east, however can be  ok on light southerlies.

best tides mid to low tide either on the drop or on the push.  Waves generally disappear at high tide.

Quiet and friendly

Por thcothan Bay is located on the B3276 coast road between Newquay and Padstow.  Approx 5 miles south of Padstow or 8 miles north of Newquay.  Post code PL28 8LW.

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Good size Council pay and display car park with tarmac surface on the opposite side of the road to the beach

Toilets are in the Council car park.  The beach also has a beach stores which offer beach goods, Newspapers, magazines along with tea, coffee, pasties, icecreams and other snacks.

Dogs are welcome on the beaches all year round.  With the provision of dog litter bins for all mess.

Lifeguards are provided by the RNLI Mid May to the end of Sept 10am to 6pm.

Surfing, bodyboarding, swimming , rock pools, caves to explore and access to the North Coast path.

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