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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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 The Heads

South Africa, South George

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 34° 4.664' S
Longitude: 23° 3.457' E

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Drive to the main parking lot at The Knysna Heads. Jump off the rocks at the lighthouse and paddle directly across the channel.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive to the main parking lot at The Knysna Heads. Jump off the rocks at the lighthouse and paddle directly across the channel.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive to the main parking lot at The Knysna Heads. Jump off the rocks at the lighthouse and paddle directly across the channel.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive to the main parking lot at The Knysna Heads. Jump off the rocks at the lighthouse and paddle directly across the channel.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Last Resort

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West

Swell sizeStarts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

Webcam urlhttp://www.capetown-webca... 

Dangers

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

 Additional Information

There is actually a surf spot just inside the Knysna Heads, believe it or not. A small group of locals ride it quite often. With a solid swell running outside the cliffs, the sand bars here gladly accept fun and hollow 3'-4' waves but it has been surfed big. The fun is tempered with the knowledge that you have to paddle all the way across the channel to the other side, often when the tide is pushing in through the heads. Incidentally, the Knysna Heads are only one of two places in the world where vessels won't by insured by Lloyds shipping agents. This adds a bit more spice to a daring dash across the channel.

English (Translate this text in English): There is actually a surf spot just inside the Knysna Heads, believe it or not. A small group of locals ride it quite often. With a solid swell running outside the cliffs, the sand bars here gladly accept fun and hollow 3'-4' waves but it has been surfed big. The fun is tempered with the knowledge that you have to paddle all the way across the channel to the other side, often when the tide is pushing in through the heads. Incidentally, the Knysna Heads are only one of two places in the world where vessels won't by insured by Lloyds shipping agents. This adds a bit more spice to a daring dash across the channel.

English (Translate this text in English): There is actually a surf spot just inside the Knysna Heads, believe it or not. A small group of locals ride it quite often. With a solid swell running outside the cliffs, the sand bars here gladly accept fun and hollow 3'-4' waves but it has been surfed big. The fun is tempered with the knowledge that you have to paddle all the way across the channel to the other side, often when the tide is pushing in through the heads. Incidentally, the Knysna Heads are only one of two places in the world where vessels won't by insured by Lloyds shipping agents. This adds a bit more spice to a daring dash across the channel.

English (Translate this text in English): There is actually a surf spot just inside the Knysna Heads, believe it or not. A small group of locals ride it quite often. With a solid swell running outside the cliffs, the sand bars here gladly accept fun and hollow 3'-4' waves but it has been surfed big. The fun is tempered with the knowledge that you have to paddle all the way across the channel to the other side, often when the tide is pushing in through the heads. Incidentally, the Knysna Heads are only one of two places in the world where vessels won't by insured by Lloyds shipping agents. This adds a bit more spice to a daring dash across the channel.

Atmosphere

Great A-Frame wave in a picturesque setting! The right is longer, faster and more powerful than the left, and drops you off in the channel, which sucks you back out to the top of the wave and makes for easy paddling. This wave is a shorter drive and often holds better waves than nearby Buffels Baai, with none of the crowds. But bring some guts; the water is deep and murky.

English (Translate this text in English): Great A-Frame wave in a picturesque setting! The right is longer, faster and more powerful than the left, and drops you off in the channel, which sucks you back out to the top of the wave and makes for easy paddling. This wave is a shorter drive and often holds better waves than nearby Buffels Baai, with none of the crowds. But bring some guts; the water is deep and murky.

English (Translate this text in English): Great A-Frame wave in a picturesque setting! The right is longer, faster and more powerful than the left, and drops you off in the channel, which sucks you back out to the top of the wave and makes for easy paddling. This wave is a shorter drive and often holds better waves than nearby Buffels Baai, with none of the crowds. But bring some guts; the water is deep and murky.

English (Translate this text in English): Great A-Frame wave in a picturesque setting! The right is longer, faster and more powerful than the left, and drops you off in the channel, which sucks you back out to the top of the wave and makes for easy paddling. This wave is a shorter drive and often holds better waves than nearby Buffels Baai, with none of the crowds. But bring some guts; the water is deep and murky.

General

Watch out for the ships going in and out, and know what the tide is doing before you paddle across the channel. Paddle into the current to avoid being swept back into the lagoon or worse, out to sea. This is a must-surf wave for anyone in or around the Garden Route!

English (Translate this text in English): Watch out for the ships going in and out, and know what the tide is doing before you paddle across the channel. Paddle into the current to avoid being swept back into the lagoon or worse, out to sea. This is a must-surf wave for anyone in or around the Garden Route!

English (Translate this text in English): Watch out for the ships going in and out, and know what the tide is doing before you paddle across the channel. Paddle into the current to avoid being swept back into the lagoon or worse, out to sea. This is a must-surf wave for anyone in or around the Garden Route!

English (Translate this text in English): Watch out for the ships going in and out, and know what the tide is doing before you paddle across the channel. Paddle into the current to avoid being swept back into the lagoon or worse, out to sea. This is a must-surf wave for anyone in or around the Garden Route!

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By jctheking , 21-05-2012

i wana surf this - will this wave work in december i reli wana go surf it while im in knysna but dont know where it is or how to ride it im a bodyboar. is there any one that will be in knysna for december 2012 that wats to show me the wave ?

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