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Latitude: 35° 17.123' S
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it's the first wave you'll see after you drive past rhino's tavern into the park (unless it's flat). It is also sign posted so you'd have to be visually challenged not to find it!
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
this is proberbly the most surfed spot by the locals in the area so you will never get it good and empty unless there's a shark in the water and no one's told you!
It's good to watch the break for a while if it's sizey because you will see a few wipeouts as the take off is a steep quick one and the reef is a shallow sharp one.
The bigger it gets the the better it gets, just try not to think to much about what's below the dark water water your sitting in and concentrate on barrels you want to get in.
By GT , 25-08-2009
Overrated! - Chinamans is by far the most overrated wave in SA. Sure it gets good but realistically this doesn't happen more than about six times a year. Needs to be big and low-tide otherwise it is pretty damn fat most of the time. You will hear a lot of crap about "world class" and all that. Anyone who reckons Chi's is world class needs to travel more. A world class left is Pipe, Cloudbreak, G-Land etc, and Chinamans is absolutely NOTHING like that!
By Anonymous , 21-04-2009
sa's dodgy waves - funny all this local vs east/adelaide crew. the locals are alright they just living in the 80s when people would take turns regardless of ability, now its crowded it doesnt really work, they are all abit grumpy cos they live in a windy shithole with no women, good pubs etc. waiting for fickle b grade waves and smartass eastcoasters come on rare good days and snake all the waves. some of this site's star ratings are a bit off 5 stars for a fickle close out beachie like ethels? and 3 stars for berry bay (is that even a wave?). to all the boogers (locals included) lids r 4 kids, boogers have a complex cos they cant stand up and so they should.
By Anonymous , 17-04-2009
bad locals? - there is a natural order in the line up at yorks. until all the crew from adleaide turn up. the young fellas havent done there time o reading maps and getting burnt until you get the place wired. they get read the net reports. that is why the behavour in the line up is getting worse.
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