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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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 Olifants Rivermouth

South Africa, West Coast

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximatif

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Latitude: 31° 41.59' S
Longitude: 18° 10.95' E

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Go to the olifants rivermouth in the Northern Cape. Close to Papendorp. Not really at the rivermouth itself, in a small bay on the northern side. Just passed the rivermouth, north.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the olifants rivermouth in the Northern Cape. Close to Papendorp. Not really at the rivermouth itself, in a small bay on the northern side. Just passed the rivermouth, north.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the olifants rivermouth in the Northern Cape. Close to Papendorp. Not really at the rivermouth itself, in a small bay on the northern side. Just passed the rivermouth, north.

English (Translate this text in English): Go to the olifants rivermouth in the Northern Cape. Close to Papendorp. Not really at the rivermouth itself, in a small bay on the northern side. Just passed the rivermouth, north.

DistanceWeek-end trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special access4x4

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Olifanntsbaai, Elephant Bay, Shark Bay

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeRivermouth

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy with rock

PowerHollow, Fast

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest

Good wind directionEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionDon't know

Best tide movementDon't know

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

A few different peaks here. Not the best wave around but works often. On bigger swell there is a righthand reef break on the northern side though never surfed it and dont know if anyone has. VERY SHARKY. Fisherman have pulled many big fish from around here. There are better spots within closish driving distance.

English (Translate this text in English): A few different peaks here. Not the best wave around but works often. On bigger swell there is a righthand reef break on the northern side though never surfed it and dont know if anyone has. VERY SHARKY. Fisherman have pulled many big fish from around here. There are better spots within closish driving distance.

English (Translate this text in English): A few different peaks here. Not the best wave around but works often. On bigger swell there is a righthand reef break on the northern side though never surfed it and dont know if anyone has. VERY SHARKY. Fisherman have pulled many big fish from around here. There are better spots within closish driving distance.

English (Translate this text in English): A few different peaks here. Not the best wave around but works often. On bigger swell there is a righthand reef break on the northern side though never surfed it and dont know if anyone has. VERY SHARKY. Fisherman have pulled many big fish from around here. There are better spots within closish driving distance.

Atmosphere

Gets o.k when on glassy mornings. Wind often messes it up but it can get pretty good. A few short barrels to be had.

English (Translate this text in English): Gets o.k when on glassy mornings. Wind often messes it up but it can get pretty good. A few short barrels to be had.

English (Translate this text in English): Gets o.k when on glassy mornings. Wind often messes it up but it can get pretty good. A few short barrels to be had.

English (Translate this text in English): Gets o.k when on glassy mornings. Wind often messes it up but it can get pretty good. A few short barrels to be had.

General

Upside: Noone around and surf community is around 0. Downside: Wind and lots of sharks. Be careful and watch out for them if comming here.

English (Translate this text in English): Upside: Noone around and surf community is around 0. Downside: Wind and lots of sharks. Be careful and watch out for them if comming here.

English (Translate this text in English): Upside: Noone around and surf community is around 0. Downside: Wind and lots of sharks. Be careful and watch out for them if comming here.

English (Translate this text in English): Upside: Noone around and surf community is around 0. Downside: Wind and lots of sharks. Be careful and watch out for them if comming here.

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By Big Prokamzi , 16-12-2008

Will wrote this up, eh? Nice try Jono. - You see there's probably nobody named Will, Bryan, Paul, Wayne, or Rob; at least not authoring SW African spots like Mr. J-gay does. If these people actually do exist, then Jono the homo must write these things for them; unless they're all as gay as him. The royal clue revealing Jono's over-active imagination appears in his language use, or dialect. 'Closish' is a faggoty word coined by the self-assigned 'Czar' himself, Mr.Saffajono!

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