Marazion, Cornwall

Marazion is famous for its view of St Michaels Mount, right on the South West spar of Cornwall. It picks up good swell but at most states of tide is not as intimidating as other spots in the area such as Praa Sands or Gwithian. It can also be a great place for a blast/freeride session especially with the wonderful scenery – take it all in!

Beach Faces:

South-west

Best Wind Direction:

South or South-east and North or North-west

Best Wind Direction For Waves:

North-west or South-east

Not Good:

South-west is onshore, but ok at low tide. East is quite offshore but sailable at low tide. North-east is offshore.

Tide:

Best sailing on an incoming tide. High tide produces a dumpy shorebreak and the waves back off some what.

What’s On The Bottom:

Sand

Any Hazards:

Dumping shorebreak onto shingle at high tide has a reputation for wrecking kit. If there are strong winds and waves then it is an experts only spot.

Other Water Users:

Occasionally surfers and kitesurfers.

Suitability / Levels:

Confident in coastal conditions is a basic requirement. On it’s day Marazion can be very challenging. However on a light wind day, no swell day it is fine for intermediates.

Wipeout Factor:

Again, if there is a big swell and strong winds Marazion will get proper waves, so the wipeout factor will be high.

Instruction:

No

Kit Hire:

No

Friendly Factor:

Never that many out: either locals or sailors who are on holiday in the area.

No Wind Alternatives:

Never that many out: either locals or sailors who are on holiday in the area.

Facilities:

Toilets

Yes, public toilets in the car park.

Shower

No

Windsurfing Shop

Lodey sails is nearby.

Food

Yes, Cafe and Pub on the beach.

Parking

Yes, £2.30 for the whole day

Pub

On the beach!

Accommodation:

The same as Gwithian. A big tourist area so there is plenty.
www.tomsholidays.co.uk
www.beachside.co.uk 
www.surfacademy.co.uk
www.mountsbay-caravanpark.co.uk

www.atlanticcoast-caravanpark.co.uk
www.gwithianfarm.co.uk

Local Hotshots:

Ian Black and Andy Fawcett are always around and always sailing hot!!

Local Knowledge / Secrets:

A South-east wind with a big swell on the push gets nice waves in the left hand corner.

Extra:

The UKWA visit every year and hold a very successful racing regatta. They also hold a Freewave event at nearby Gwithian.

How To Get There:

Ah, well you just drive towards Cornwall where you will get lost in some kind of time warp and eventually you will end up at Marazion. Take the M5 to Exeter and then take the A30 all the way towards Penzance. At the end of this very long road you will get the option to go to Marazion. Quite simple!

Report By:

Clyde Waite

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