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Latitude: 33° 5.965' S
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End of Swansea Heads just down from a cliffside park
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Crabs
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthEast, East
Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
- Rips / undertow
Park the car beside the road and walk down a steep sand dune to beach. Paddle out through the deep water beach. Needs to be a good size to start working. Best to go to when the beach breaks start closing out.
Used to be the location of a cliff face coal mile back in the mid 1900's but since unused. Got its name from a creek that ran down to the beach. Was a great party spot which used to host Dozens Day (drink 12 beers between 12 noon and 1 o'clock on the 12th day of the 12th month)
One of the few larger wave beaches in the area. Fub wave that has a steep takeoff then drops into a even face and shoulder. Watch for the exposed rock ledge at the wave finish. Due to the rip this is the only way in.
By Anonymous , 12-12-2009
best spot - fuckin love this spot left is soo good on a big day right is clean n mostly big on a huge day
By larry , 11-06-2006
crabes - crabes has too be one of the most underated breaks around...it is one of the best spots in newy and works alot more than people think. even on smallish swells u can still get a ride. cheers
By anonymous , 17-11-2005
- MY F**KING GOD!! i remember the 1st time i went out Crabbes it was about 6ft...and the wave takes a while to break from where it starts 2 form...n i remember taking a wave(i lid) n after doing a spin i was going alittle more down the wave towards the rocks and then suddenly out of nowhere the massive rock shelf popped up from the water about 4 metres in front of me!!! i bailed under the wave and promised myself never to surf it again...which didnt work cause i surfed it heaps...n speared it too
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