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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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 Hawston

South Africa, South Garden Route

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Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 34° 24.215' S
Longitude: 19° 7.029' E

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Just before Hermanus turn off into Hawston. Go down to where the boats are launched and where all the fish selling is done. The wave breaks off the breakwater next to the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Just before Hermanus turn off into Hawston. Go down to where the boats are launched and where all the fish selling is done. The wave breaks off the breakwater next to the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Just before Hermanus turn off into Hawston. Go down to where the boats are launched and where all the fish selling is done. The wave breaks off the breakwater next to the beach.

English (Translate this text in English): Just before Hermanus turn off into Hawston. Go down to where the boats are launched and where all the fish selling is done. The wave breaks off the breakwater next to the beach.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Poacher wall

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeBreakwater/jetty

DirectionLeft

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFast, Ordinary, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthEast

Good wind directionNorth

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

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementFalling tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Not the greatest spot in this area but can get pretty good under the right conditions. Swell direction on a clean swell is crucial here. When its on it peels great down the breakwater. Best enjoyed in summer, spring or smaller autumn days 3-6foot, anything bigger and it doesnt work properly. Easy paddle out from the beach or often easier to just jump off the wall. There are a few different peaks down the beach so check them out if this is not on but when it is it can get good.

English (Translate this text in English): Not the greatest spot in this area but can get pretty good under the right conditions. Swell direction on a clean swell is crucial here. When its on it peels great down the breakwater. Best enjoyed in summer, spring or smaller autumn days 3-6foot, anything bigger and it doesnt work properly. Easy paddle out from the beach or often easier to just jump off the wall. There are a few different peaks down the beach so check them out if this is not on but when it is it can get good.

English (Translate this text in English): Not the greatest spot in this area but can get pretty good under the right conditions. Swell direction on a clean swell is crucial here. When its on it peels great down the breakwater. Best enjoyed in summer, spring or smaller autumn days 3-6foot, anything bigger and it doesnt work properly. Easy paddle out from the beach or often easier to just jump off the wall. There are a few different peaks down the beach so check them out if this is not on but when it is it can get good.

English (Translate this text in English): Not the greatest spot in this area but can get pretty good under the right conditions. Swell direction on a clean swell is crucial here. When its on it peels great down the breakwater. Best enjoyed in summer, spring or smaller autumn days 3-6foot, anything bigger and it doesnt work properly. Easy paddle out from the beach or often easier to just jump off the wall. There are a few different peaks down the beach so check them out if this is not on but when it is it can get good.

Atmosphere

Mornings are best with no or little offshore wind. I come here when everything else in the area is too small.

English (Translate this text in English): Mornings are best with no or little offshore wind. I come here when everything else in the area is too small.

English (Translate this text in English): Mornings are best with no or little offshore wind. I come here when everything else in the area is too small.

English (Translate this text in English): Mornings are best with no or little offshore wind. I come here when everything else in the area is too small.

General

Keep in mind this is a poaching hotspot where alot of illegal activity is done. (Anything from firearms, perlemoen to drugs.) Best advised to park your car close to the wave so that you keep a lookout on it. Because of the fishing there are also going to be sharks so watch out for them. We have seen a few and local fisherman have seen plenty.

English (Translate this text in English): Keep in mind this is a poaching hotspot where alot of illegal activity is done. (Anything from firearms, perlemoen to drugs.) Best advised to park your car close to the wave so that you keep a lookout on it. Because of the fishing there are also going to be sharks so watch out for them. We have seen a few and local fisherman have seen plenty.

English (Translate this text in English): Keep in mind this is a poaching hotspot where alot of illegal activity is done. (Anything from firearms, perlemoen to drugs.) Best advised to park your car close to the wave so that you keep a lookout on it. Because of the fishing there are also going to be sharks so watch out for them. We have seen a few and local fisherman have seen plenty.

English (Translate this text in English): Keep in mind this is a poaching hotspot where alot of illegal activity is done. (Anything from firearms, perlemoen to drugs.) Best advised to park your car close to the wave so that you keep a lookout on it. Because of the fishing there are also going to be sharks so watch out for them. We have seen a few and local fisherman have seen plenty.

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By Anonymous , 22-07-2008

MR WARREN DUNTON - I LIVE IN ELGIN A 30 MIN DRIVE AWAY FROM THIS SURF SPOT . I HAVE SURFED HAWSTON FOR WELL OVER 15 YEARS IN THE SUMMER MONTHS AND IT CAN GET REALLY GOOD FROM 2 FOOT TO 5 FOOT ON A SE OFFSHORE WIND. TAKE NOTE IT IS NOT A STEEP GNARLY WAVE ANS SO YOU NEED EQUIPMENT/BOARD THAT WILL HELP YOU CATCH A FAT SWELL AND ENJOY 50 - 100M LEFT RIDES.
FROM DEC TO APRIL THIS SPOT IS USUALLY GOOD WITH A 2 -4 FOOT WAVE. A LONG BOARD IS ACTUALLY THE BEST FOR LONGEST RIDES.

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