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Latitude: 26° 40.756' S
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Drive to the surf look out car park at Point Cartwright past the appartments on Pacific Boulevard and walk to wards the lighthouse then down the hill till you get to the groyne. Or drive to La Balsa park car park on the corner of Harbour Parade and Gulai Street and walk to the groyne by following the bitumen path along the river.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Carties
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun, Ledgey, Slab
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South, SouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementFalling tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
Either jump off the rocks or paddle out beside the groyne where its deepest. Be careful in big surf and watch out for a huge rip near the groyne on an outgoing tide. The main takeoff area is before where you should be jumping off the rocks. Generally the waves are very clean with nice faces for carving with hollow sections. Waves become more hollow with increased swell size. Would not recommend bringing a longboard or boogie-board to this spot, locals very much disapprove.
When facing the break you face due north. It is highly protected by southerly and south easterly winds and swell. Slightly protected in easterly winds. Best swell direction is northerly to easterly swell. Can work in huge southeasterly swell (5ft+) when waves can wrap around the point. Is completely flat in southerly swell. Works in north to easterly swell from 2ft+. Waves become more hollow with increased swell size. Nice wave faces from 2-3ft with hollow sections. Gets very hollow in 4ft+ swell. Works best with westerly to southeasterly wind.
Very, very, very busy on weekends and holidays. Can be very, very busy when its firing. Is busy in a southeasterly wind with easterly surf due to its wind protection Locals can be aggressive, especially if they are dropped in on. Generally too steep/hollow for long boarders in anything over 3ft+. I have personally seen a long boarder get bashed at this spot for dropping in and getting in front of someones line. "F*** off back to alex..." Unknown Local - 2015. Not too many kooks and overall a very fun and pretty consistent wave.
By Anonymous , 22-10-2009
Been there done that - been surfing and spearing the coast for 27 years carties especially, boogie boards were for grandad on family day.You got no idea how good this place used to be, allways said i would retire here cant stand the place now, choked up mess, regards happier days.
By john_childs , 10-08-2007
carties - I got a sick big blowout crowd was hooting and cheering for me lol 2to 3m swell big brown waves I got many good waves even if its green or blue I'm stoked that blowout was sick! big deep long tube I went into thenafter that alot of wind came lol out
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