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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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 Gonubie Point

South Africa, Wild Coast

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 Access

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityTotally Epic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rips / undertow
- Rocks
- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

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!!!

English (Translate this text in English): 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!!!

English (Translate this text in English): 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!!!

English (Translate this text in English): 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!!!

Atmosphere

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

General

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

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By Anonymous , 21-11-2007

sammy the vagrant - re:picture 3 - seems anonymous has confused mexico with south africa. puerto gonubie??

By swanepco@hotmail.com , 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 drupping@uk.ey.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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