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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Crossways

South Africa, Durban

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This is a secret spot. The clowns from town do not even know it exists, sorry!! All I am going to say is that you turn off Marine Drive on the Bluff...

English (Translate this text in English): This is a secret spot. The clowns from town do not even know it exists, sorry!! All I am going to say is that you turn off Marine Drive on the Bluff...

English (Translate this text in English): This is a secret spot. The clowns from town do not even know it exists, sorry!! All I am going to say is that you turn off Marine Drive on the Bluff...

English (Translate this text in English): This is a secret spot. The clowns from town do not even know it exists, sorry!! All I am going to say is that you turn off Marine Drive on the Bluff...

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Sharks

 Additional Information

The wave is really a world class beach break with a few rocks, most mornings it is firing, as soon as it is 4ft solid and up it is epic! The swells hit it from very deep water and nearly double in size as they jack up. It breaks pretty far out off a a semi reef/sand bar and then run through to the inside pretty quickly. On high tide you take off and hit it hard all the way through. On low tide you get barrelled on the outside with another barrel on the inside and a speedy manouvre section through the middle. It can hold a big swell, but there is no channel so you have to be in top shape to get out. Looks like Sunset from 8 feet up - you need a big board.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave is really a world class beach break with a few rocks, most mornings it is firing, as soon as it is 4ft solid and up it is epic! The swells hit it from very deep water and nearly double in size as they jack up. It breaks pretty far out off a a semi reef/sand bar and then run through to the inside pretty quickly. On high tide you take off and hit it hard all the way through. On low tide you get barrelled on the outside with another barrel on the inside and a speedy manouvre section through the middle. It can hold a big swell, but there is no channel so you have to be in top shape to get out. Looks like Sunset from 8 feet up - you need a big board.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave is really a world class beach break with a few rocks, most mornings it is firing, as soon as it is 4ft solid and up it is epic! The swells hit it from very deep water and nearly double in size as they jack up. It breaks pretty far out off a a semi reef/sand bar and then run through to the inside pretty quickly. On high tide you take off and hit it hard all the way through. On low tide you get barrelled on the outside with another barrel on the inside and a speedy manouvre section through the middle. It can hold a big swell, but there is no channel so you have to be in top shape to get out. Looks like Sunset from 8 feet up - you need a big board.

English (Translate this text in English): The wave is really a world class beach break with a few rocks, most mornings it is firing, as soon as it is 4ft solid and up it is epic! The swells hit it from very deep water and nearly double in size as they jack up. It breaks pretty far out off a a semi reef/sand bar and then run through to the inside pretty quickly. On high tide you take off and hit it hard all the way through. On low tide you get barrelled on the outside with another barrel on the inside and a speedy manouvre section through the middle. It can hold a big swell, but there is no channel so you have to be in top shape to get out. Looks like Sunset from 8 feet up - you need a big board.

Atmosphere

There is lots of mutual respect between the guys who surf it. The most I have seen is about ten guys out. If you can figure out where it is and how to access the beach, show respect, you should not have any hassles.

English (Translate this text in English): There is lots of mutual respect between the guys who surf it. The most I have seen is about ten guys out. If you can figure out where it is and how to access the beach, show respect, you should not have any hassles.

English (Translate this text in English): There is lots of mutual respect between the guys who surf it. The most I have seen is about ten guys out. If you can figure out where it is and how to access the beach, show respect, you should not have any hassles.

English (Translate this text in English): There is lots of mutual respect between the guys who surf it. The most I have seen is about ten guys out. If you can figure out where it is and how to access the beach, show respect, you should not have any hassles.

General

If you can find it, head there early in the morning, winter is the best and surf your brains out. Take a friend with, it could be that you are out by yourself in which case you need to realise that there is no help if you encounter problems.

English (Translate this text in English): If you can find it, head there early in the morning, winter is the best and surf your brains out. Take a friend with, it could be that you are out by yourself in which case you need to realise that there is no help if you encounter problems.

English (Translate this text in English): If you can find it, head there early in the morning, winter is the best and surf your brains out. Take a friend with, it could be that you are out by yourself in which case you need to realise that there is no help if you encounter problems.

English (Translate this text in English): If you can find it, head there early in the morning, winter is the best and surf your brains out. Take a friend with, it could be that you are out by yourself in which case you need to realise that there is no help if you encounter problems.

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By Anonymous , 09-06-2007

1996 Session - I surfed Crossways a few tmes in the mid to late 90's. I remember one session that really stands out. It was in 1996 and winter. I drove down to Ansteys and there was an 8-10 ft ground swell pumping with a soft offshore breeze and it was low tide. There was no one ut at Ansteys and I do not think that it would of been possible to paddle out. We drove to Crossways and it was just absolute perfection. 200 metre rides but a tough paddle.

By duncan pratt , 26-09-2005

crossways untruths - I know a handful of bluff surfers who could claim to have surfed crossways as much as myself ( bar the last 3 years ) and I feel I must correct some statements regarding the wave to prevent disappointment. Nearby Ansteys and Cave Rock are undoubtably finer surfing breaks and to award crossways 4 stars is entirely misleading. Often, even with a substantial groundswell the wave barely exists at high tide and can only really be regarded as good over the full low. Sympathy to whoever sent in the original description as it certainly has its days but I feel the break wouldnt warrant a major search when there are better, more accessible breaks in the area. The break does not have shark nets and I have witnessed medium to large zambezi, dusky and hammerhead sharks in the lineup over a period of 15 years. If this is not a deterrant please respect the locals who choose this spot to avoid the aggressive ratpacks of durbans beaches.

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