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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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 Samson's Bak

South Africa, West Coast

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 Access

South of the border, look on the map.

English (Translate this text in English): South of the border, look on the map.

English (Translate this text in English): South of the border, look on the map.

English (Translate this text in English): South of the border, look on the map.

DistanceWeek-end trip

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Bak

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityTotally Epic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomFlat rocks

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Good day lengthExceptional (>500m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementDon't know

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Named breaks in the area are Sampsons Bak, a powerful right-hand point break that delivers some epic waves when conditions are right: a solid 6-8' groundswell, light offshore and pushing tide. Kelpy and cold. Full steamers a necessity. A heavy spot, gets super shallow and hairy at sections.

English (Translate this text in English): Named breaks in the area are Sampsons Bak, a powerful right-hand point break that delivers some epic waves when conditions are right: a solid 6-8' groundswell, light offshore and pushing tide. Kelpy and cold. Full steamers a necessity. A heavy spot, gets super shallow and hairy at sections.

English (Translate this text in English): Named breaks in the area are Sampsons Bak, a powerful right-hand point break that delivers some epic waves when conditions are right: a solid 6-8' groundswell, light offshore and pushing tide. Kelpy and cold. Full steamers a necessity. A heavy spot, gets super shallow and hairy at sections.

English (Translate this text in English): Named breaks in the area are Sampsons Bak, a powerful right-hand point break that delivers some epic waves when conditions are right: a solid 6-8' groundswell, light offshore and pushing tide. Kelpy and cold. Full steamers a necessity. A heavy spot, gets super shallow and hairy at sections.

Atmosphere

Big open barrels here. Long ride. Loads of kelp around.

English (Translate this text in English): Big open barrels here. Long ride. Loads of kelp around.

English (Translate this text in English): Big open barrels here. Long ride. Loads of kelp around.

English (Translate this text in English): Big open barrels here. Long ride. Loads of kelp around.

General

Watch out for the rocks.

English (Translate this text in English): Watch out for the rocks.

English (Translate this text in English): Watch out for the rocks.

English (Translate this text in English): Watch out for the rocks.

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South Africa

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By Anonymous , 20-11-2007

- This spot along with trailor bay are under threat. Some electro nuclear plant will mean access to them will be forbidden. Go to www.wavescape.co.za to petition.

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