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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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 Crabbes Creek

Australia, NSW, Newcastle

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 33° 5.965' S
Longitude: 151° 39.551' E

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End of Swansea Heads just down from a cliffside park

English (Translate this text in English): End of Swansea Heads just down from a cliffside park

English (Translate this text in English): End of Swansea Heads just down from a cliffside park

English (Translate this text in English): 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

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Crabs

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomBoulders

PowerPowerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

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)

English (Translate this text in English): 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)

English (Translate this text in English): 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)

English (Translate this text in English): 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)

General

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

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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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