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Drive down the A30 to St. Ives, go into the town centre, and onto the harbour front. There will be two piers, one is considerably longer than the other. Breakwater is behind the longer pier.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South, SouthEast
Good wind directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Paddle out can be long and tedious due to a small rip that sweeps the length of the pier and away from the break. Easiest to jump off the rocks that are parrelel with it. If you get caught in the rip don't worry, it runs into the harbour(which is calm and not very busy).
The surfers in St. Ives are generally a pretty tolerant lot, because of the crowds we have to put up with in the Summer. Surfer/bodyboarders relation are quite good and localism isn't really a problem. However! Because there is only one peak at this break, and when it works it is often the only surfable wave around, you get loads of snaking and dropping in going on.
Doesn't work that often, needs quite a big swell. Is worth checking out when Porthmeor just around the corner is blown/maxed out. When it works well, it suffers from big crowd probs, so catching that early morning surf can be essential!! The lower the tide is the better it will be. The wave is non-existant at high tide, and only starts breaking at mid/low tide.
By Mole , 25-11-2006
- I wish you would leave waves like this off the site, this whole surfing trip is going down hill with every other mother in Tailand turning up as soon as there is a sniff of some swell.
By Anonymous , 14-11-2006
- It was like crazy cats hanging ten dude and da boyz was flippin gert dinger boners on their 6 12sHad ma toes on the does shoutin was up daddyo to da dudes man.Know what I'm sayin?!
By anonymous , 05-04-2006
- Surfed this wave Christmas/New year 2005/06 it was good, had to get up early, but worth it. Not sure about the peeling like Indo thing though. Definately worth it when its on though.
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