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Latitude: 38° 30.435' S
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Car park is situated adjacent to the Great Ocean Road a couple of km's before you reach Lorne. You don't even have to get out of you car to check out the surf. An easier paddle out is achieved by using the channel to the west of the peak and paddling around the back of the line-up.
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorthWest, West
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
Cathedrals is one of the best spots on the West Coast and as a result does get really crowded, especially on weekends. It offers fast "down-the-line" type waves with hollow sections. It is primarily a winter time wave, requiring a solid swell to work (it picks up less swell than the waves in the Torquay-Bells region). The wave is afforded considerable protection from SW winds by Lorne point so can often be very clean here when other spots are blown out.
Usually a very competitive place to surf - similar to what you'd expect at Winkipop. Don't surf here unless your ability matches that of the wave.
Great wave, but often over-crowded
By Renzo Peruvian , 13-04-2007
what a beauty - It seems to be a really good wave, when I surfed it was over head ...really nice ride mate!...
By b-rizzle , 13-02-2007
Cathedral's Rocks! - Surfer Rob, wassup mayne? That was a good session during the Bells final day. Rip Snort!
By Surfer Rob , 18-01-2007
rip snot - why is everyone so critical, what happened to just having fun surfing, who cares who u are! and no I'm no kook. I was out here while parko and kelly were shredding bells in the final
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