Andy King – 2nd BWA tour stop England (Cornwall) 2013
Despite being early February both the water and air temps are very favourable and unlikely to cause much of an issue, although a west wind may just see air temps drop below ten degrees… The wind looks set to be howling but the direction is fluctuating between SW and West which does have a massive effect on where will be good. High tide is set to be around mid-day which, although only a neap, means the South coast will be better either early am or late afternoon… If the wind is from the south west St Ives bay comes into play with the Bluff or Mexico’s as viable options throughout the tides.
The swell is forecast to be massive but from the WSW so St Ives peninsular itself will reduce some of the wave size getting into these beaches. The Cornish South Coast isn’t great in a south westerly wind but a westerly is side shore at Marazion, which can handle the biggest storms thanks to being sheltered by Penzance and Newlyn Peninsular. Marazion, however, maybe a little tame due to being so sheltered. Praa and Porthleven really need a north westerly so will be onshore, messy and out of control.
The North coast spots go onshore with a west wind however Crantock can offer very sailable conditions with some great jumping and bowling heavy wave riding. Daymer is another great storm spot but is likely to be too sheltered to offer conditions fierce enough to match those of Ireland or Tasmania.
Bigbury although technically in Devon can be very good in a westerly wind and will certainly have plenty of swell.
Lastly, a curved ball could be Kimmeridge or Ringstead if the wind goes true west.