Portreath beach best bodyboarding surfing beaches spots waves Cornwall UK
Located in west Cornwall, just north of Redruth, Portreath village is a little bay nestled in the high cliffs between Gwithian, Godrevy, Porthtowan and St Agnes. Portreath is steeped in mining history with many of the old features of this once highly lucrative business still on display. It also offers the start to some of the best walking on the north coast of Cornwall and the start of a great cycle ride to Devoron on the south coast along the old mineral tramway. Information in the village also picks out many other walking and riding trails.
Portreath beach is possibly one of the best bodyboarding and surfing spots in the UK. Spawning some of the country’s top bodyboarders. The beach offers both left and right-hand breaking waves, mostly around 3/4 tide. When the banks are good a wave called the vee starts to work. The Vee is a wedging right hand refraction off the harbour wall on a high tide. It is here that you will see the best bodyboarding in the UK. Local guys such as 7 times UK champion Damian Prisk, 5 times UK Champion Danny Catton and a host of others like, Eldred Hawke, Tim Brown, Brooke Mason and others showing you how it is done. The Vee is very tidal dependent and the sand banks need to be just right but when it is on, you will see all the top performance bodyboarding moves happening metres away from the sand. The beach faces north/north west so it loves any wind with a bit of south in it to make it offshore. Tides wise Portreath prefers mid to high.
The main wave here is the reef at the end of the harbour wall which on its day is a site to behold, a very powerful and heavy jacking righthander which comes out of deep water to produce some amazing tubes that are amazing for bodyboarding. Not for the faint hearted but great to watch.
Generally, Portreath beach is a safe beach for bodyboarding with the best lifeguard facilities in the UK. The whole beach front is like a natural amphitheater and a great spot to watch all the action, keep your eye on the kids or watch the amazing sunsets we get over Gull Rock
Portreath also has one of the best surf shops in the area. HQ surf shop and Bodyboard HQ cater for everyone from beginner to expert with surf hire, tuition and a great selection of surfing and bodyboarding products; at great prices too. www.bodyboardhq.co.uk
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