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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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 Garvies

South Africa, Durban

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 Access

Go to the bluff, go to Marine drive and drive North, turn into Sloane Street and drive to the bottom climb out your car and step onto the sand.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the bluff, go to Marine drive and drive North, turn into Sloane Street and drive to the bottom climb out your car and step onto the sand.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the bluff, go to Marine drive and drive North, turn into Sloane Street and drive to the bottom climb out your car and step onto the sand.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the bluff, go to Marine drive and drive North, turn into Sloane Street and drive to the bottom climb out your car and step onto the sand.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy 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 lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

Get in early in the morning when there is no wind or the morning breeze is blowing down the mountain. The beach has a very long strip so if there is a crowd on the peak in front of the parking lot just go to the next one. It gets very hollow on every low tide - super fun but fast and very powerful. It comes out of very deep wter and jacks up quickly. It is absolute perfection in a 4-6ft ground swell with low tide, no wind or a slight early morning offshore - Hard paddle though, no channels.

English (Translate this text in English): Get in early in the morning when there is no wind or the morning breeze is blowing down the mountain. The beach has a very long strip so if there is a crowd on the peak in front of the parking lot just go to the next one. It gets very hollow on every low tide - super fun but fast and very powerful. It comes out of very deep wter and jacks up quickly. It is absolute perfection in a 4-6ft ground swell with low tide, no wind or a slight early morning offshore - Hard paddle though, no channels.

English (Translate this text in English): Get in early in the morning when there is no wind or the morning breeze is blowing down the mountain. The beach has a very long strip so if there is a crowd on the peak in front of the parking lot just go to the next one. It gets very hollow on every low tide - super fun but fast and very powerful. It comes out of very deep wter and jacks up quickly. It is absolute perfection in a 4-6ft ground swell with low tide, no wind or a slight early morning offshore - Hard paddle though, no channels.

English (Translate this text in English): Get in early in the morning when there is no wind or the morning breeze is blowing down the mountain. The beach has a very long strip so if there is a crowd on the peak in front of the parking lot just go to the next one. It gets very hollow on every low tide - super fun but fast and very powerful. It comes out of very deep wter and jacks up quickly. It is absolute perfection in a 4-6ft ground swell with low tide, no wind or a slight early morning offshore - Hard paddle though, no channels.

Atmosphere

This is a great alternative from 2-6 feet if Cave Rock and Ansteys are crowded. It use to have the heaviest localism, probably, in South Africa, but things have changed here and people don't hang at the beaches anymore.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a great alternative from 2-6 feet if Cave Rock and Ansteys are crowded. It use to have the heaviest localism, probably, in South Africa, but things have changed here and people don't hang at the beaches anymore.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a great alternative from 2-6 feet if Cave Rock and Ansteys are crowded. It use to have the heaviest localism, probably, in South Africa, but things have changed here and people don't hang at the beaches anymore.

English (Translate this text in English): This is a great alternative from 2-6 feet if Cave Rock and Ansteys are crowded. It use to have the heaviest localism, probably, in South Africa, but things have changed here and people don't hang at the beaches anymore.

General

This one of the best waves durban has to offer. They tried to film here for the first search film but the locals got pissed.

English (Translate this text in English): This one of the best waves durban has to offer. They tried to film here for the first search film but the locals got pissed.

English (Translate this text in English): This one of the best waves durban has to offer. They tried to film here for the first search film but the locals got pissed.

English (Translate this text in English): This one of the best waves durban has to offer. They tried to film here for the first search film but the locals got pissed.

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By Anonymous , 10-09-2009

Garvies is for everyone! - I grew up on Bluff and was a garvies local for many years! Trust me the bad assed attitude is an urban legend. The original hard assed locals have left the country and were never that scarey ! Trust me ! So hope you all have a great surf, watch out for chippies rock and the reef. Great break and not crowded. In fact Ansteys is far more clicky than Garveys.

By Anonymous , 21-05-2007

World Class Wave! - I grew up living in town but surfed the bluff nearly every weekend and on public holidays. I surfed Garvies often as well...fun waves, fast running rughts and punchy bowling lefts. I only had one near run in ith a local...a guy dropped in on me and looked at me funny when we were paddling back out, then I dropped in on him and it was all better...early mornings are best!

By Anonymous , 30-03-2007

- all over the world ...except Garvies:)

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