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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Whitsands Bay

UK, Cornwall South

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Plymouth to Torpoint. Follow road signs from there. About 5 miles

English (Translate this text in English): Plymouth to Torpoint. Follow road signs from there. About 5 miles

English (Translate this text in English): Plymouth to Torpoint. Follow road signs from there. About 5 miles

English (Translate this text in English): 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

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceBeginners wave

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerOrdinary

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

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

English (Translate this text in English): 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

English (Translate this text in English): 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

English (Translate this text in English): 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

Atmosphere

Pretty mellow, except when crowded at HT. Students piss the locals off coz they drop in.

English (Translate this text in English): Pretty mellow, except when crowded at HT. Students piss the locals off coz they drop in.

English (Translate this text in English): Pretty mellow, except when crowded at HT. Students piss the locals off coz they drop in.

English (Translate this text in English): Pretty mellow, except when crowded at HT. Students piss the locals off coz they drop in.

General

Close to plymouth, 4 miles of beach at LT. What can I say?

English (Translate this text in English): Close to plymouth, 4 miles of beach at LT. What can I say?

English (Translate this text in English): Close to plymouth, 4 miles of beach at LT. What can I say?

English (Translate this text in English): Close to plymouth, 4 miles of beach at LT. What can I say?

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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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