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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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 Shark Bay

Australia, NSW, North

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Drive into Iluka then stop at a sign called Shark Bay (10 mins down road) walk up beach to the rock platform and you're there.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive into Iluka then stop at a sign called Shark Bay (10 mins down road) walk up beach to the rock platform and you're there.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive into Iluka then stop at a sign called Shark Bay (10 mins down road) walk up beach to the rock platform and you're there.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive into Iluka then stop at a sign called Shark Bay (10 mins down road) walk up beach to the rock platform and you're there.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Sharkies reef

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand

PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Urchins
- Rocks
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Avoid dry takeoff on low tide, the reef looks sketchy at first but dont be fased.

English (Translate this text in English): Avoid dry takeoff on low tide, the reef looks sketchy at first but dont be fased.

English (Translate this text in English): Avoid dry takeoff on low tide, the reef looks sketchy at first but dont be fased.

English (Translate this text in English): Avoid dry takeoff on low tide, the reef looks sketchy at first but dont be fased.

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General

Great wave when it works.

English (Translate this text in English): Great wave when it works.

English (Translate this text in English): Great wave when it works.

English (Translate this text in English): Great wave when it works.

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By Seano , 22-03-2007

The Oven opened - I just read the comments posted by this myth called "The Oven". If its who i think it is, i think i even saw this guy out and he was a battler. Deadset a castrated dog would get more action in an hour.As a local to "Shark Park" i just want to say that you have gotto be kidding. You have more danger of getting into trouble losing a holding your breath competition under water than you do surfing at the Park. Sure it goes off on its day but you have to wait for an eternetie. In the meantime, maybe you should re-treat to your canal in Surfers Paradise which is probably more your speed.

By Duncan "The Oven" Guthrie , 17-03-2007

A cracker spot - but beware! - This spot is terrific, but for experienced surfers only. We surfed it nearly every day during a holiday at Iluka, and several of us nearly drowned in the beautiful-but-dangerous swell of roughly half a foot. If it's under a foot, then you should keep an eye out for me carving it up. If it's any bigger than a foot, then I take my board home and ride my own fart bubbles in the bath. It's nearly as scary as Shark Bay, but I'm thankful I can grab hold of the taps to haul myself to safety.

By tom , 08-02-2006

- this is shark bay in evans head that photo is taken of south wall! its not illuka

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