Porthmeor Beach is the surfing beach in St.Ives, facing North towards the open Celtic Sea, it is an area often hit directly by storms during the winter from which the town is protected. The western headland to the beach is part of the South West Coastal Path which dips and climbs the rugged coastline to Zennor Head and Cape Cornwall. The green coastline landscape of Hellesveor cliffs near St. Ives is littered with random groups of granite outcrops and singular rocks which have rolled into position or fallen further over the cliffs and into the sea. These stones form interesting shapes and faces on the clifftop, becoming landmarks for walkers along the coastline. Clodgy Point offers a good vantage point out to sea, it is relaxing to watch the fishing boats and day sightseers heading past, hugging the coastline offshore or heading back into harbour.
St. Ives Surfing School is based on Porthmeor Beach, teaching new recuits in their yellow training tops the movement and balance basics first on the sand then at the edge of the surf. Along the beach the profis launch into the cold waves rolling in on the shoreline, clad in black wetsuits and tied by the ankle to their boards. The lifeguards further up the beach sit in their SUV watching the surf school and checking for rip tides along the lenght of the beach.
At the end of the beach it is possible to clamber over the rocks onto the Island, a rocky outcrop which juts out into the sea and forms the protective western flank to St. Ives Bay. On the climb up to the Chapel a stretched view over Porthmeor Beach opens up behind, the surfers are dots in the sea swell from here, turning the Chapel is outlined against the blue sky.
The Clamber up and over the Island is rewarded with stunning views back over Porthmeor beach and to the town of St Ives clustered behind the Island headland. The Coastguard lookout is at the end of the Island overlooking the Bay of St. Ives with views right across the bay to the distant Godrevy Lighthouse. From here I watch the fishing boats rounding the Island headland and turn towards the harbour.
At the end of the day, I return down the hill from Barnoon to watch the sun setting over Porthmeor Beach.