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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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 Vleesbaai

South Africa, South Garden Route

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Latitude: 34° 17.522' S
Longitude: 21° 55.563' E

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 Access

This is South Africa's best kept secret but hey...
If you're driving from Mossel Bay it's about and hour South and the turnoff is Vleesbaai. The spot is situated on somebodies farm so you'll have to ask permission to access the land. You'll know when you've found the spot, believe me.

Vlees is a private access beach so if surfers misbehave there is every chance SURFERS could be disallowed in future. Please respect the rules of the gated community; be polite to locals, park in the lot and throw your trash in the bin.

English (Translate this text in English): This is South Africa's best kept secret but hey...<br />If you're driving from Mossel Bay it's about and hour South and the turnoff is Vleesbaai. The spot is situated on somebodies farm so you'll have to ask permission to access the land. You'll know when you've found the spot, believe me.

Vlees is a private access beach so if surfers misbehave there is every chance SURFERS could be disallowed in future. Please respect the rules of the gated community; be polite to locals, park in the lot and throw your trash in the bin.

English (Translate this text in English): This is South Africa's best kept secret but hey...&lt;br &#47;&gt;If you're driving from Mossel Bay it's about and hour South and the turnoff is Vleesbaai. The spot is situated on somebodies farm so you'll have to ask permission to access the land. You'll know when you've found the spot, believe me.

Vlees is a private access beach so if surfers misbehave there is every chance SURFERS could be disallowed in future. Please respect the rules of the gated community; be polite to locals, park in the lot and throw your trash in the bin.

English (Translate this text in English): This is South Africa's best kept secret but hey...&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;If you're driving from Mossel Bay it's about and hour South and the turnoff is Vleesbaai. The spot is situated on somebodies farm so you'll have to ask permission to access the land. You'll know when you've found the spot, believe me.

Vlees is a private access beach so if surfers misbehave there is every chance SURFERS could be disallowed in future. Please respect the rules of the gated community; be polite to locals, park in the lot and throw your trash in the bin.

DistanceDay trip

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Private access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityTotally Epic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East

Good wind directionWest, SouthWest

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

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movement

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Private beach
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Vleesbaai is a rare gem. Swell, wind, tide are: East swell, SW wind, low tide. There are three waves along this 1.5km super-point TOADS at the top, Middle Point in,,, er the middle... and Tidal pool at the end. All three cook, so you have to choose your spot based on the conditions of the day.

This is no joke: Vlees is notoriously fickle and even though it may have the right swell and wind it can change in a heartbeat. You will only ever hear of one or two perfect sessions a year, and they last only a few hours.

1. If the SW wind blows a little too strong then a strange contour wind blows up the point in the opposite direction and causes speedbumps in the face - on a fast wave, this is a dead end road.

2. Even a slight onshore wind makes the sections crumble and the wave becomes almost impossible to ride.

3. When the tide fills in too much it literally goes from breaking on one set to nothing the next set. Too much tide and it hits the rocks (stabilised dunes by Rooikrans trees have left little sand on the point.

Having said this, the wave works like the superbank when its on; and although this is only once a year or maybe two (if you're lucky) its well worth the search. Thing is that when its really on, everyone has already sent the SMS out and you will always have a thick crowd these days.

Rarely breaks - once or twice a year, only an hour before and hour after low.

English (Translate this text in English): Vleesbaai is a rare gem. Swell, wind, tide are: East swell, SW wind, low tide. There are three waves along this 1.5km super-point TOADS at the top, Middle Point in,,, er the middle... and Tidal pool at the end. All three cook, so you have to choose your spot based on the conditions of the day.

This is no joke: Vlees is notoriously fickle and even though it may have the right swell and wind it can change in a heartbeat. You will only ever hear of one or two perfect sessions a year, and they last only a few hours.

1. If the SW wind blows a little too strong then a strange contour wind blows up the point in the opposite direction and causes speedbumps in the face - on a fast wave, this is a dead end road.

2. Even a slight onshore wind makes the sections crumble and the wave becomes almost impossible to ride.

3. When the tide fills in too much it literally goes from breaking on one set to nothing the next set. Too much tide and it hits the rocks (stabilised dunes by Rooikrans trees have left little sand on the point.

Having said this, the wave works like the superbank when its on; and although this is only once a year or maybe two (if you're lucky) its well worth the search. Thing is that when its really on, everyone has already sent the SMS out and you will always have a thick crowd these days.

Rarely breaks - once or twice a year, only an hour before and hour after low.

English (Translate this text in English): Vleesbaai is a rare gem. Swell, wind, tide are: East swell, SW wind, low tide. There are three waves along this 1.5km super-point TOADS at the top, Middle Point in,,, er the middle... and Tidal pool at the end. All three cook, so you have to choose your spot based on the conditions of the day.

This is no joke: Vlees is notoriously fickle and even though it may have the right swell and wind it can change in a heartbeat. You will only ever hear of one or two perfect sessions a year, and they last only a few hours.

1. If the SW wind blows a little too strong then a strange contour wind blows up the point in the opposite direction and causes speedbumps in the face - on a fast wave, this is a dead end road.

2. Even a slight onshore wind makes the sections crumble and the wave becomes almost impossible to ride.

3. When the tide fills in too much it literally goes from breaking on one set to nothing the next set. Too much tide and it hits the rocks (stabilised dunes by Rooikrans trees have left little sand on the point.

Having said this, the wave works like the superbank when its on; and although this is only once a year or maybe two (if you're lucky) its well worth the search. Thing is that when its really on, everyone has already sent the SMS out and you will always have a thick crowd these days.

Rarely breaks - once or twice a year, only an hour before and hour after low.

English (Translate this text in English): Vleesbaai is a rare gem. Swell, wind, tide are: East swell, SW wind, low tide. There are three waves along this 1.5km super-point TOADS at the top, Middle Point in,,, er the middle... and Tidal pool at the end. All three cook, so you have to choose your spot based on the conditions of the day.

This is no joke: Vlees is notoriously fickle and even though it may have the right swell and wind it can change in a heartbeat. You will only ever hear of one or two perfect sessions a year, and they last only a few hours.

1. If the SW wind blows a little too strong then a strange contour wind blows up the point in the opposite direction and causes speedbumps in the face - on a fast wave, this is a dead end road.

2. Even a slight onshore wind makes the sections crumble and the wave becomes almost impossible to ride.

3. When the tide fills in too much it literally goes from breaking on one set to nothing the next set. Too much tide and it hits the rocks (stabilised dunes by Rooikrans trees have left little sand on the point.

Having said this, the wave works like the superbank when its on; and although this is only once a year or maybe two (if you're lucky) its well worth the search. Thing is that when its really on, everyone has already sent the SMS out and you will always have a thick crowd these days.

Rarely breaks - once or twice a year, only an hour before and hour after low.

Atmosphere

Natural, isolated, in the zone.

This spot is a secret even to most SA surfers but I divulge in the name of adventure seekers like myself. I've left the whereabouts and swell direction etc for you to figure out, which means that you're probably a dedicated bastard if you find it. The spot has been rated as better than JBay and has a far more consistent swell window. Seek, respect and enjoy.

English (Translate this text in English): Natural, isolated, in the zone.

This spot is a secret even to most SA surfers but I divulge in the name of adventure seekers like myself. I've left the whereabouts and swell direction etc for you to figure out, which means that you're probably a dedicated bastard if you find it. The spot has been rated as better than JBay and has a far more consistent swell window. Seek, respect and enjoy.

English (Translate this text in English): Natural, isolated, in the zone.

This spot is a secret even to most SA surfers but I divulge in the name of adventure seekers like myself. I've left the whereabouts and swell direction etc for you to figure out, which means that you're probably a dedicated bastard if you find it. The spot has been rated as better than JBay and has a far more consistent swell window. Seek, respect and enjoy.

English (Translate this text in English): Natural, isolated, in the zone.

This spot is a secret even to most SA surfers but I divulge in the name of adventure seekers like myself. I've left the whereabouts and swell direction etc for you to figure out, which means that you're probably a dedicated bastard if you find it. The spot has been rated as better than JBay and has a far more consistent swell window. Seek, respect and enjoy.

General

World class secret.

English (Translate this text in English): World class secret.

English (Translate this text in English): World class secret.

English (Translate this text in English): World class secret.

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By Anonymous , 02-07-2010

Good spot - If Outer Pool is maxed out and unsurfable - head here. This place rocks and must be one of the best right points in SA at 6ft. I bitch of a walk over boulders to get to though.

By Johan Dreyer , 31-12-2007

non locals stay away!! - i have been a local for 23 years at vleesbay and toads its one of the sickest spots ever. it fires like crazy when it works. so non locals stay away if the great white monsters dont get u we will!! be aware!!

By Anonymous , 29-09-2007

Vlees+Kanon on the same point? - Does anyone know what the difference is between this and 'kanon', or are they the same wave? Thanx, J

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