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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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 Stovepipes

South Africa, West Coast

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Look and ye shall find, articles have been written on it..

English (Translate this text in English): Look and ye shall find, articles have been written on it..

English (Translate this text in English): Look and ye shall find, articles have been written on it..

English (Translate this text in English): Look and ye shall find, articles have been written on it..

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionLeft

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks

 Additional Information

Another heavy westcoast bomb. Shallow and pretty dangerous if you dont know what your'e doing. Lots of kelp around. Its a mean wave with alot of power so come experienced only and watch out for the reef.

English (Translate this text in English): Another heavy westcoast bomb. Shallow and pretty dangerous if you dont know what your'e doing. Lots of kelp around. Its a mean wave with alot of power so come experienced only and watch out for the reef.

English (Translate this text in English): Another heavy westcoast bomb. Shallow and pretty dangerous if you dont know what your'e doing. Lots of kelp around. Its a mean wave with alot of power so come experienced only and watch out for the reef.

English (Translate this text in English): Another heavy westcoast bomb. Shallow and pretty dangerous if you dont know what your'e doing. Lots of kelp around. Its a mean wave with alot of power so come experienced only and watch out for the reef.

Atmosphere

Breaks in only a few feet of water on high. Try not to wipeout on the takeoff, if you make that then you gotta race it to come out.

English (Translate this text in English): Breaks in only a few feet of water on high. Try not to wipeout on the takeoff, if you make that then you gotta race it to come out.

English (Translate this text in English): Breaks in only a few feet of water on high. Try not to wipeout on the takeoff, if you make that then you gotta race it to come out.

English (Translate this text in English): Breaks in only a few feet of water on high. Try not to wipeout on the takeoff, if you make that then you gotta race it to come out.

General

Hectic.. maybe better suited for bodyboarding?

English (Translate this text in English): Hectic.. maybe better suited for bodyboarding?

English (Translate this text in English): Hectic.. maybe better suited for bodyboarding?

English (Translate this text in English): Hectic.. maybe better suited for bodyboarding?

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By Anonymous , 21-11-2007

Stovepipes cooks!!!!! - Ive seen this place breaking as heavy as Shark Island, on low tide almost on dry reef. Really puts you to the test out here, good wave for seeing what your capable of. One of the only waves where I almost kakked in my suit..

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