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when there is a big swell head over to the area between queensie and nth steyne, look out about 1km out to sea and u should see it breaking. paddle out or get a boat
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat
Alternative name on nautical maps its "manly rock"
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 2.5m-3m / 8ft-10ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
its not that scary but still don't go out if your a beginner, coz if the bombie is breaking the beachie will most likely be big and heavy which can make for a painful and expensive paddle! probably not best to paddle out if your unfit coz its a bit of a mission out there...
one of the very few big wave breaks in sydney, worth a go just for the experience. your gonna get worked and/or held under for quite a while if u come off bad so just make sure u make it
hardly ever see anyone surfing it as it is a fairly sloppy and powerful wave, but its big face is enough to give u fun, memorable ride....give it a go
By Anonymous , 13-05-2009
Pictures - hey, im just doing a bit of research on massive swells in sydney over the past 40 years. i was wondering if any of you have any good pictures of "frenchmans reef/bombie" or any other good pictures from any massive swells (like the 1974 swell). thanks, my e-mail is email@example.com
By war , 18-07-2006
I have photos - This so called "Frenchmans reef" has broken twice in my lifetime. Once in 74 (the biggest swell ever to hit Sydney) and once again in 83. I don't think you can call it a reef, it's just a huge closeout set. I have to find the negatives of the 83 swell. I promise i'll put the photos up soon.
By fishpen voyeur , 04-07-2006
the bommie - hey old fart you not the reincarnation of bobby mills are ya.i grew up living next to where snony kept his ski's he use to take me out on the front of his doubles rode 1 wave out there as a 10 year old with him,good to see max still gets down to the beach.i don't live in sydney anymore but i hear some of the not so young guys now have jet ski's and do towins when it breaks,yes not a long wave but shit it holds the biggest ridable waves in sydney.
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