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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 Sand Bar

South Africa, Durban

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 Access

There is a path going from Marine Parade, near the Navy Base, through the bushes to the beach. Walk in a north direction along the beach until you get to the harbour's South Pier. The wave breaks next to the pier, mostly as a left, but with rights also. This is the only way in as it is in a Navy Base. There use to be a Ferry service but it no longer runs.

English (Translate this text in English): There is a path going from Marine Parade, near the Navy Base, through the bushes to the beach. Walk in a north direction along the beach until you get to the harbour's South Pier. The wave breaks next to the pier, mostly as a left, but with rights also. This is the only way in as it is in a Navy Base. There use to be a Ferry service but it no longer runs.

English (Translate this text in English): There is a path going from Marine Parade, near the Navy Base, through the bushes to the beach. Walk in a north direction along the beach until you get to the harbour's South Pier. The wave breaks next to the pier, mostly as a left, but with rights also. This is the only way in as it is in a Navy Base. There use to be a Ferry service but it no longer runs.

English (Translate this text in English): There is a path going from Marine Parade, near the Navy Base, through the bushes to the beach. Walk in a north direction along the beach until you get to the harbour's South Pier. The wave breaks next to the pier, mostly as a left, but with rights also. This is the only way in as it is in a Navy Base. There use to be a Ferry service but it no longer runs.

DistanceDay trip

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Private access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name South pier

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, SouthWest, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
- Pollution
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Watch out for sharks. There use to be whaling station at the pier. A colony of some of the biggest great whites in the world inhabited the area to tax the catchings as they were dragged in by the whalers. When the whaling went away the sharks did not go with them. If it is big you can jump off the pier, if it is small just paddle out. From 4 feet up the wave wedges off the pier into a thick and fun left which offers deep tubes and big bowls. On smaller days it gives a fun beachy with good sections to hit and some tight barrels.

English (Translate this text in English): Watch out for sharks. There use to be whaling station at the pier. A colony of some of the biggest great whites in the world inhabited the area to tax the catchings as they were dragged in by the whalers. When the whaling went away the sharks did not go with them. If it is big you can jump off the pier, if it is small just paddle out. From 4 feet up the wave wedges off the pier into a thick and fun left which offers deep tubes and big bowls. On smaller days it gives a fun beachy with good sections to hit and some tight barrels.

English (Translate this text in English): Watch out for sharks. There use to be whaling station at the pier. A colony of some of the biggest great whites in the world inhabited the area to tax the catchings as they were dragged in by the whalers. When the whaling went away the sharks did not go with them. If it is big you can jump off the pier, if it is small just paddle out. From 4 feet up the wave wedges off the pier into a thick and fun left which offers deep tubes and big bowls. On smaller days it gives a fun beachy with good sections to hit and some tight barrels.

English (Translate this text in English): Watch out for sharks. There use to be whaling station at the pier. A colony of some of the biggest great whites in the world inhabited the area to tax the catchings as they were dragged in by the whalers. When the whaling went away the sharks did not go with them. If it is big you can jump off the pier, if it is small just paddle out. From 4 feet up the wave wedges off the pier into a thick and fun left which offers deep tubes and big bowls. On smaller days it gives a fun beachy with good sections to hit and some tight barrels.

Atmosphere

This is a dangerous, but very good wave. The fact that there are great whites the size of subamrines swimming around you keeps it empty most of the time at least.the wave warps and curls hard to ride

English (Translate this text in English): This is a dangerous, but very good wave. The fact that there are great whites the size of subamrines swimming around you keeps it empty most of the time at least.the wave warps and curls hard to ride

English (Translate this text in English): This is a dangerous, but very good wave. The fact that there are great whites the size of subamrines swimming around you keeps it empty most of the time at least.the wave warps and curls hard to ride

English (Translate this text in English): This is a dangerous, but very good wave. The fact that there are great whites the size of subamrines swimming around you keeps it empty most of the time at least.the wave warps and curls hard to ride

General

Not worth the walk unless the conditions are good. Not worth getting in the water if it is sloppy. It is a risk to enter the water and has to be worth it for good waves sake.

English (Translate this text in English): Not worth the walk unless the conditions are good. Not worth getting in the water if it is sloppy. It is a risk to enter the water and has to be worth it for good waves sake.

English (Translate this text in English): Not worth the walk unless the conditions are good. Not worth getting in the water if it is sloppy. It is a risk to enter the water and has to be worth it for good waves sake.

English (Translate this text in English): Not worth the walk unless the conditions are good. Not worth getting in the water if it is sloppy. It is a risk to enter the water and has to be worth it for good waves sake.

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By H..O..B..O , 07-01-2007

HHOOBBOO - HEAVY SHIT...ITS WORLD CLASS WHEN ITS GOOD.. very hard to ride..dollys every where..aaaaaaahhhh

By Mr Shark , 09-06-2006

Come on in - I'm hungry.Anyway, besides that, come on in humans. I'd love one of those juicy legs you've got, er, I mean the waves are great!

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