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Dunedin city, 4th city in NZ, The beach in the town, in the Saint Clair area - well marked by signs from town.
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name St. Clair
Wave qualityRegional Classic
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South, SouthEast
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementFalling tide
Week crowdFew surfers
Spot at the end of a fine sand beach, with a point break which goesright at high tide, and a beach break, which is a fast left and right, better at low tide but surfable and good at all tides. Car parking is easy and lots of it; NZ remains an empty country!
A good spot, very consistent, 5 flat days/year, only necessary to wait for favorable wind conditions. sometimes crowded, but a good atmosphere, the locals are very cool and there are enough waves for everyone. The spot is easy to get out, you just need to follow the channel which is always in the same place between the point-break and the beach-break!
The most easily accessible spot,not the best spot in the area, but the others require a car to get to them. A great spot, it is very consisten (everyday), a bit crowded, and watch out for the sea lions!
By Anonymous , 14-09-2008
SO FUN - Im from australia and scored really fun waves nearly everyday i was at st clair ranging from 2 foot up to 6-8 foot there r better waves around but this wave is really consistent
By Anonymous , 06-07-2008
St. Clair - I have surfed St.Clair in so many different conditions that it is really hard to say what it is like. I have had mushy rights, sweet left barrels and strangely enough the single heaviest dredging right of my life. St.Clair is the most consistent break in Dunnos but definately not the best.
By Blank , 01-05-2007
Spence told!!! - St.Clair is the hub of Dunedin surfing. Its the first place you check and probably surf. Bull kelp tubes in front of the saltwater pool or way back at JR's or seconds and left barrels in the channel and shorebreak barrels at the poles. It's all good. Small or very very big it holds shape and offers tubes and walls for every sort of surfing manouvre. The locals have it wired and enjoy the fruits year round-even if they must trudge through the snow or past bad breathed sea lions. Its a good scene with a strong local boardriders club that has great facilities right on the beach. Enjoy. Respect the locals and they may show you some of the other less populated spots up and down the coast. I miss it. Good memories. Some of the best waves of my life.
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