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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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 Sharks Alley - Reef

South Africa, Durban

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Same as Sharks Alley Sand Bar except that it is the reef in front of a huge pile of rocks before the pier where a cave was blown up during the world war.

English (Translate this text in English): Same as Sharks Alley Sand Bar except that it is the reef in front of a huge pile of rocks before the pier where a cave was blown up during the world war.

English (Translate this text in English): Same as Sharks Alley Sand Bar except that it is the reef in front of a huge pile of rocks before the pier where a cave was blown up during the world war.

English (Translate this text in English): Same as Sharks Alley Sand Bar except that it is the reef in front of a huge pile of rocks before the pier where a cave was blown up during the world war.

DistanceDay trip

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Very Sharky - Same as sharks Alley Sand Banks. When you see the big pile of rocks which have been blown up(unmissable) the reef is directly in front. There is no channel really, so you should paddle out to the side of the wave over the sand banks to avoid the reef. Ground swells with morning breezes in winter are best, from 2-6ft. Take off deep on the reef pump twice if you have time and keep tight to the face. Lots of blow outs every day. Barrels for about 20-30 metres. Unsurfable on full low tides. When you cut yourself leave the water immediately!

English (Translate this text in English): Very Sharky - Same as sharks Alley Sand Banks. When you see the big pile of rocks which have been blown up(unmissable) the reef is directly in front. There is no channel really, so you should paddle out to the side of the wave over the sand banks to avoid the reef. Ground swells with morning breezes in winter are best, from 2-6ft. Take off deep on the reef pump twice if you have time and keep tight to the face. Lots of blow outs every day. Barrels for about 20-30 metres. Unsurfable on full low tides. When you cut yourself leave the water immediately!

English (Translate this text in English): Very Sharky - Same as sharks Alley Sand Banks. When you see the big pile of rocks which have been blown up(unmissable) the reef is directly in front. There is no channel really, so you should paddle out to the side of the wave over the sand banks to avoid the reef. Ground swells with morning breezes in winter are best, from 2-6ft. Take off deep on the reef pump twice if you have time and keep tight to the face. Lots of blow outs every day. Barrels for about 20-30 metres. Unsurfable on full low tides. When you cut yourself leave the water immediately!

English (Translate this text in English): Very Sharky - Same as sharks Alley Sand Banks. When you see the big pile of rocks which have been blown up(unmissable) the reef is directly in front. There is no channel really, so you should paddle out to the side of the wave over the sand banks to avoid the reef. Ground swells with morning breezes in winter are best, from 2-6ft. Take off deep on the reef pump twice if you have time and keep tight to the face. Lots of blow outs every day. Barrels for about 20-30 metres. Unsurfable on full low tides. When you cut yourself leave the water immediately!

Atmosphere

Heavy reef, same as cave, but cave cooks on lower tides while this reef works on higher tides. The reef is covered in sponge which can save you from serious injury.

English (Translate this text in English): Heavy reef, same as cave, but cave cooks on lower tides while this reef works on higher tides. The reef is covered in sponge which can save you from serious injury.

English (Translate this text in English): Heavy reef, same as cave, but cave cooks on lower tides while this reef works on higher tides. The reef is covered in sponge which can save you from serious injury.

English (Translate this text in English): Heavy reef, same as cave, but cave cooks on lower tides while this reef works on higher tides. The reef is covered in sponge which can save you from serious injury.

General

A top class reef break, on its day easily as good as cave. Watch out for sharks.

English (Translate this text in English): A top class reef break, on its day easily as good as cave. Watch out for sharks.

English (Translate this text in English): A top class reef break, on its day easily as good as cave. Watch out for sharks.

English (Translate this text in English): A top class reef break, on its day easily as good as cave. Watch out for sharks.

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By Anonymous , 09-09-2007

World class - I Put this wave o a while back...have not been here for few years and then to see the photis! Just classic!

By Twolegs , 28-02-2006

Play safe - As an ex Durbanite(now in UK),i spent most of my life doing 2 things.If the surf was good I was in the water.If not I was fishing.I've spent thousands of hours at Sharks alley but i've never put a board in the water(first time i fished there i caught 3 BIG hammerhead sharks which kinda puts you off surfing there.)We often used to marvel at how good the surf was(even when small its very powerful and can get very hollow but usually a strong current)I left in 2000 but even then it was was of the best spots to catch big johnnys.I'm not trying to put surfers off but it would have to be really good to take the risk,not a sunrise surf spot.Peace and take care

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