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Drive from East London for about 15 minutes up the East Coast and take the Gonubie offramp.Drive down Gonubie Main Road, go past the Hotel, follow the road right, travel for 200 and the carpark is on your left.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityTotally Epic
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell directionSouthWest
Good wind directionSouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 1m+ / 3ft+
Best tide positionLow tide only
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
- Rips / undertow
Lots of town clowns think that this spot works on an East swell, which is crap. On an East Swell the wave breaks around the corner on the Black rock side and is weak and fades badly. Don't even bother going there if the swell is big, because the rip will push you straight into the bay and it will be way to big to surf. The place works on an incoming and outgoing tide, just depending on what the swell is doing. If it's a little small, it's often good to wait for the tide to start coming in, because the swell often picks up and the wave gets better.It doesn't work very often at all-the conditions have to be just right, and it can often work for just an hour...but if you get it....damn its good!!!
The spot will get very crowded on weekends, but locals will show respect if you do. Generally people surfing this spot for the first time don't get good waves because it takes a little while learn where to sit and which waves to paddle for.
The point can produce world class, thick, hollow massive green rooms for those who know how to surf it properly and some hideous wipe outs for those who don't. If it's your first time it's often a good idea to sit on the inside first and catch a few insiders just to get used to how this very unusual wedge actually breaks.
By Anonymous , 21-11-2007
sammy the vagrant - re:picture 3 - seems anonymous has confused mexico with south africa. puerto gonubie??
By firstname.lastname@example.org , 10-08-2006
i grew up - What a wave ive never been so scared and happy at the same time.I lived in gonubs in the 80s surfed with ET and Wayne the crowd. I live in the Cornwall now but will never forget where I was baptized. Hi to anybody that remebers me Colin Swanepoel.
By email@example.com , 11-02-2005
I miss home - Hey All, I spent my childhood on Gonubie Beach, absolutely stunning! When ever I think of Gonubie I remember Anton ,who has truly become a legend!I am in the UK now,and would give anything to go back 10 years ago!Miss you all!Debbie (Neiteler)
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