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Plymouth to Torpoint. Follow road signs from there. About 5 miles
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
High cliffs overlook 4 miles of beach. At low tide it is broken into the areas Tregantle (firing range), Sharrow,Happy Valley, Tregonhawke (cafe-rocks), Boiler Beach. Rips can be strong at low tide and waves break a long way out on big swells. High tide produces enclosed bays (hence crowded) with a more punchy wave and shelter from strong winds. Occasionally picks up swell from strong East/SE winds where Bantham would not. There are lifeguards at Tregonhawke, Sharrow & Tregantle in summer. The ferry ride from Plymouth usually means it takes a while for the word to get round so you could get the beach to yourself. There is parking at various spots along the cliff -all but one is free. More details at www.surfjabroni.co.uk
Pretty mellow, except when crowded at HT. Students piss the locals off coz they drop in.
Close to plymouth, 4 miles of beach at LT. What can I say?
By barackojoeble , 12-08-2012
whitsands is too good - whitsands is top class iv surfed it every surfable day for the last 3 years and its crazy good on its day . to good for uni guys and plymouthians.
By Anonymous , 12-10-2010
Fun beach break - Not world class - ever, there only a couple of spots in Cornwall that are, and Whitsands is right down the bottom of the pile - sorry WBP. I surf here more than probably the WBP (whoever they are), so i can say they are definite not there always when its good, probably at school then. There is only one wave around here that's any good, not really Whitsands tho. Dont get me wrong, i love the place, but it closes out a LOT and is generally a bit slow. If you really think it's good here, let me know what you think of low-tide Croyde (i lived in Braunton for 2 summers), low tide Droskyn Point and Porthmeor, oh yeah Praa is good also and some other spots than I won't mention.
By Mel McManus , 02-02-2010
Sharks - Do U mean REAL sharks? U know, the chomp chomp type, or the 2 legged wanker type?
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