This place is sick! You people saying that it is rubbish and inconsistent, I am guessing have never seen it working and probably don't realise that reef breaks like this only work well a few times a year. If you do see it working however, you will be treated to the best wave England has to offer. This is not a break for beginners as it does get packed and is a very dangerous wave. You only have to look at some of the good pictures of this place........
Amazing wave. Most of the locals think they are god and they will drop in on you. Its a shame the arrogant twats don't respect the rules of the wave like the rest of us. I've had better days at Praa anyway.
This spot is seriously over rated. I've only ever seen it break well a couple of times a year. Most of the time its fat and gutless. Steer clear of this place. It ain't worth the drive. Try some of the sick breaks further down the coast such as Marazion... Now that's a proper break!
This reef break is an utter gem, the swell is consistant and works with any wind except for westerly. The tubes are huge, I've ridden 12 foot waves here with no one else there. This truely is the greatest break in southern cornwall.
Ya all shou'd ave been there in 68', there was a swell like no other. All the spots were maxing man. Leven was holding a grinding barrel 0f 15 to 20ft and spitting dudes. On the rhino charger (10ft3ins) i paddled for the biggest and darkest --- i nearly met my maker; that day!
Dai is right, only rarely is it very good at Porthleven, you're better off heading to Kennack in a decent swell. Some of the locals will look at you funnily, but mostly because there is a large community of batty boy surfers there.
If you go to Porthleven give maximum respect to the locals and dont go in thinking you're Kelly Slater with an attitude to match. Beginners and intermediates stay away on crowded / sizeable days, and if anyone sees Chris Varah dunk him.