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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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 Waenhuiskrans Arniston Roman beach

South Africa, South Garden Route

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Through Bredasdorp (A small inland town) follow signs to Arniston/ Waenhuiskrans. There are a few spots in the area, mostly very unsurfed and unknown. This spot is at the roman beach. Excellent nature reserves and chillout place.

English (Translate this text in English): Through Bredasdorp (A small inland town) follow signs to Arniston/ Waenhuiskrans. There are a few spots in the area, mostly very unsurfed and unknown. This spot is at the roman beach. Excellent nature reserves and chillout place.

English (Translate this text in English): Through Bredasdorp (A small inland town) follow signs to Arniston/ Waenhuiskrans. There are a few spots in the area, mostly very unsurfed and unknown. This spot is at the roman beach. Excellent nature reserves and chillout place.

English (Translate this text in English): Through Bredasdorp (A small inland town) follow signs to Arniston/ Waenhuiskrans. There are a few spots in the area, mostly very unsurfed and unknown. This spot is at the roman beach. Excellent nature reserves and chillout place.

DistanceWeek-end trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerFun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthEast

Good wind directionNorthWest

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

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Sharks

 Additional Information

There's a good car park where all the beachgoers park. Easy takeoff, nice short and punchy walls with the occasional tubes. If you're willing to explore there are some very good reefs around the corner with NOBODY surfing.

English (Translate this text in English): There's a good car park where all the beachgoers park. Easy takeoff, nice short and punchy walls with the occasional tubes. If you're willing to explore there are some very good reefs around the corner with NOBODY surfing.

English (Translate this text in English): There's a good car park where all the beachgoers park. Easy takeoff, nice short and punchy walls with the occasional tubes. If you're willing to explore there are some very good reefs around the corner with NOBODY surfing.

English (Translate this text in English): There's a good car park where all the beachgoers park. Easy takeoff, nice short and punchy walls with the occasional tubes. If you're willing to explore there are some very good reefs around the corner with NOBODY surfing.

Atmosphere

Mellow.

English (Translate this text in English): Mellow.

English (Translate this text in English): Mellow.

English (Translate this text in English): Mellow.

General

Good weekend break - provided there's swell. swell is rare and erratic though so be prepared to wait loong between sets and dont be surprised to find the sea absolutely flat most days.

English (Translate this text in English): Good weekend break - provided there's swell. swell is rare and erratic though so be prepared to wait loong between sets and dont be surprised to find the sea absolutely flat most days.

English (Translate this text in English): Good weekend break - provided there's swell. swell is rare and erratic though so be prepared to wait loong between sets and dont be surprised to find the sea absolutely flat most days.

English (Translate this text in English): Good weekend break - provided there's swell. swell is rare and erratic though so be prepared to wait loong between sets and dont be surprised to find the sea absolutely flat most days.

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By Iain , 11-12-2007

Gauntlet - Kids Beach (front of Arniston Hotel). paddle out in low tide to the gap between the furthest 2 protruding reefs. not for beginners - shallow reef and nice barrels on a good day. been surfing this for ever and never seen others out there. best surf spot in Arniston. Called the Gauntlet for a reason. Home of the Stewarts.

By Daniel Vivier email:daniel.vivier@bluewin.ch , 16-05-2004

Wicked fun! - We have a beach house at Arniston and this is where I learned to surf.For any beginners,surf buddys(maybe pros but no kammakazis) or old timers, this is where you can have a lot of fun.There are some wicked waves to be taken here on a good day.Just watch out if it's a windy day or when it is the day of X-mas,then it gets really crowded.When this happens you can go and look for your own little surf heaven on the many other deserted beaches in the area!

By K , 03-12-2003

reefbreak - bodyboarded at a tiny left reef on roman beach with friend. 2-3 ft max, clean barrels breaking over almost dry reef. so much potential. we never surfed it again but will be back for more.

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