The swell size reduces as you move west round the bay. Upton Towans is a good location if the wind is too onshore at Gwithian and with a smaller wave as well. The only hazards are a couple of rocks on the beach. High tide should be avoided as the shore dump gets pretty wild and, coupled with a strong rip launching is not that pleasant.
Getting there: The St Ives Bay Holiday Caravan Park at Upton hides the beach. Drive though slowly
Parking: In the dunes
Ideal Wind: WSW
Accommodation: B&B, caravans and campsites all around
Amenities: Holiday campsite shop
Suitable for: Good wave sailors