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theres a road down to the beach beside the casino malindi. you can park beside the casino if you dont want to drive onto the beach. only 4by4 recommended to park on the beach. its only about 200m to the beach through sand dunes from the turn off from the main road. alternatively you can park beside the kingfisher club and walk along the pier. theres steps down at the waters edge.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, East
Good wind directionWest
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementFalling tide
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
depending on the size of the swell, its usually best to paddle out opposite the road down from the casino. on bigger swells(waves 6ft+) its better to surf nearer the pier. theres a great spot right next to the pier on the left that produces barrels on 8ft+ waves, but only gives you a 20m ride. the normal length is about 50m. to get the best waves you have to be extremely patient and wait about 15m further out from where the regular sized waves break. watch out for rips. theyre not very strong, but you can suddenly find yourself 50m further out than where you want to be. on really small swells( under 4ft) its best to go further up the beach, about 300m from the casino road. theres a few makuti umbrellas up the beach, and thats the best place to get in. dont go too far north along the beach, and never surf at the mouth of the sabaki river. the point break there looks very tempting but its not worth getting in the water. theres usually hippos and crocs around there. and dont go up to the really big sand dunes across the river. theres always mwivis up there and you risk getting robbed. you can surf here at all tides. but i dont recommend it at low tide on a big swell. the waves are too steep and break in 1m of water. ive been pounded into the bottom by some of those waves and it can really kill. its best at low tide on small waves and at high tide on big waves. the wind doesnt matter here. you always get waves even with a onshore breeze. watch out for sewage(brown patches) since itll make your wax super slippery. also avoid the weed patches because they act like speed bumps. youll know if you hit a patch because you almost stop dead in the water. theres also some nasties in the weed(thorns, submerged logs, branchs, crabs, and the weed itself).
this is a great beginners spot, and is also awesome for the more experienced surfer who knows how to handle this break. ive caught waves here that were far better than anyhting ive ever seen at a reef. just a bit of local knowledge and luck needed.
By taumarc , 17-08-2010
onshore - Malindi is windy, mostly cross/onshore. Water is pretty murky because of a river nearby. Malindi (and Kenya in general) is not the best place I have ever surfed.
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