Perranporth & Perran Sands

Location

On the north (Atlantic) coast, south of Newquay.

Perranporth is well sign posted off the A30 trunk road from the north or south and use either the B3285 or B3284.

The southerly town end of Perranporth beach has parking in front of the beach or up the cliffs that give you a good view down the whole 2 plus miles of beach. Parking is free in winter. As the holiday season starts, the lower off the beach car park starts charging before the cliff top car park.

To access the northerly Perran Sands end of Perranporth Beach drive through the Haven Holiday Camp. Check if you need to get a parking ticket from their office (they have a long season, February to the end of November, and clamp cars without valid parking tickets during this period).

The kite zones are marked on the maps you’ll find at most access points to Perranporth beach (see below). These mean you can’t kite at high tide at the Perranporth town end of the beach. When it’s high tide and there are big tides, there can be insufficient safe space at the Perran sands end of the beach. Do watch out for lofting due to the dunes that back onto the beach at Perran Sands.

From the town car parks, walk along the beach past the Watering Hole pub and the Life Guard / Surf Club building, to in front of “flat rocks”.
The beach is almost straight north south, so works in southerly, westerly and northerly. The wind is less gusty at the Perran Sands end in Southerly winds.

Big tide days often deliver wide flat water sections for the twin tips. Wave board riders tend to favour the Perran Sands end where the big waves hold for longer.

There are no longer any kitesurf shops in Perranporth, but plenty of good pasties from the likes of Chapmans Butchers on the high street where they’re used to people wandering in, still wearing a wetsuit. At weekends and in the summer the Watering Hole is apparently Britain’s only pub on the beach and a great place for a post kite pint or any spectators you’ve brought along to get a drink and some food. In town, opposite the beach front car park the Tin Fin has a slightly more pricey but all locally sourced range of very tasty food.

Wind Directions

At the Perranporth town end, a direct southerly gets gusty, so best to go elsewhere. It’s less at the Haven end, but still gusty.

From a SW all the way round to a northerly is great.

If the swell / waves is above 7 to 10 foot it tends to break and re-form several times so at these heights, it’s not a great wave spot. Depending on the day there can be nice flat sections between the waves or a bit messy.

Perranporth kite zones

Heading out at Perranporth
Plenty of room when the tide is out. This photo is from the “kite zone 1” looking north towards “kite zone 2”.

Big swell at Perranporth

Perran Sands
Above photo of Perran Sands end of Perranporth beach, taken fromwww.mobiusonline.co.uk/kiteschool/perran.html