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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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 Gansbaai Reefs

South Africa, South Garden Route

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 34° 34.818' S
Longitude: 19° 20.43' E

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Go to Gansbay close to hermanus, many spot around.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Gansbay close to hermanus, many spot around.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Gansbay close to hermanus, many spot around.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to Gansbay close to hermanus, many spot around.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Gans Bay

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth

Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

There are a few reefbreaks around here. Most have great lefts and rights. Best on solid 6 foot ground swell comming in. They off long rides and on some days or low tide get super hollow. There is alot of kelp around so come if you dont mind that. Also, this is where alot of shark cage diving is done ie, boats that attract sharks for tourists. One of South Africa's biggets colonies of great whites are here, so if you can calm your nerves about that then come enjoy. As far as i know only a few attacks.

English (Translate this text in English): There are a few reefbreaks around here. Most have great lefts and rights. Best on solid 6 foot ground swell comming in. They off long rides and on some days or low tide get super hollow. There is alot of kelp around so come if you dont mind that. Also, this is where alot of shark cage diving is done ie, boats that attract sharks for tourists. One of South Africa's biggets colonies of great whites are here, so if you can calm your nerves about that then come enjoy. As far as i know only a few attacks.

English (Translate this text in English): There are a few reefbreaks around here. Most have great lefts and rights. Best on solid 6 foot ground swell comming in. They off long rides and on some days or low tide get super hollow. There is alot of kelp around so come if you dont mind that. Also, this is where alot of shark cage diving is done ie, boats that attract sharks for tourists. One of South Africa's biggets colonies of great whites are here, so if you can calm your nerves about that then come enjoy. As far as i know only a few attacks.

English (Translate this text in English): There are a few reefbreaks around here. Most have great lefts and rights. Best on solid 6 foot ground swell comming in. They off long rides and on some days or low tide get super hollow. There is alot of kelp around so come if you dont mind that. Also, this is where alot of shark cage diving is done ie, boats that attract sharks for tourists. One of South Africa's biggets colonies of great whites are here, so if you can calm your nerves about that then come enjoy. As far as i know only a few attacks.

Atmosphere

Lots of kelp and probably lots of sharks but you got more chance being struck by lightning so..

English (Translate this text in English): Lots of kelp and probably lots of sharks but you got more chance being struck by lightning so..

English (Translate this text in English): Lots of kelp and probably lots of sharks but you got more chance being struck by lightning so..

English (Translate this text in English): Lots of kelp and probably lots of sharks but you got more chance being struck by lightning so..

General

Awsome wave, always few crowds..

English (Translate this text in English): Awsome wave, always few crowds..

English (Translate this text in English): Awsome wave, always few crowds..

English (Translate this text in English): Awsome wave, always few crowds..

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By Anonymous , 08-06-2010

There's no sharks at this part - There's no sharks at this part of gansbaai shark alley is 35km away from this spot and they mirk around the corner of danger point not here i live 200m away from this spot go about there twice a week an had seen no shark a this spot i have been livin here 4 over 20 years since i was born so before you jump 2 conclusoins and say theres a bunch of sharks get ur facts right or r u just hiing this spot for yourself

By Big Prokamzi , 28-04-2008

The odds of becoming an entree' for a typically hungry, Gr8 white snapshot model just 'cruising' between non-stop cage-diving shows here are strictly relative. - Since the author of this spot thinks the odds of being struck by lightning are better than death by a shark lunchbreak, maybe he's relating that lightning probability to an incident happening whilst summiting Mt.Hoek during an electrical thunderstorm & holding a metal staff overhead. You see these chances of an untimely death are indeed relative to the conduciveness of your surroundings to be creating exactly that sort of accident's likelihood. So I serioulsly doubt the author of this spot surfs adjacent to the world's most popular shark viewing area, aptly named 'Shark alley' by the way, or climbs Mt.Hoek in a thunderstorm whilst cluthing a large metal staff. Sounds alot like more of your typical Jono-foolery 2 me!

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