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Latitude: 18° 25.748' N
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Fly to tortala from san juan
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
To check it out you walk out along the edge of the bay on the large pebble rocks till you round the point. Don't paddle out from there! Paddle out from the inside Bay beach or the little pier (if they still let you). There is a bowl at the takeoff spot, so take off at the peak or behind it, and bottom turn strait back up into the pocket & tuck. If it's over head you'll have to pump it to make it out. When it's breaking at its max, you can take off twice as far back, right in front of the cliff, and then barrel right through the bowl section!
I surfed it through the late '70s & early '80s when it wasn't that well known. Today you can google it and get plenty of information. Definitely one of the best wave I've surfed in the world.
It breaks about 30 to 40 yards off the dry rocks on the shoreline. A great vantage point to take photos, just be careful of larger set waves-that could ruin the photographer whole day.
By Anonymous , 13-01-2009
size of last march swell. - i was in tortola last march during that monster swell. i was surfing uncrowded smugglers cove during a transworld photoshoot, but heard that Cane garden was going off, and heard claims of 15ft faces, is this true? has it ever gotten bigger than that swell?
By Anonymous , 06-02-2008
Cane Garden Bay Surfing - I've lived in Little Apple Bay for more than 15 years and have never seen any surf in Cane Garden Bay worth more than the effort of a three year old. The Bay is a well known mooring harbor and you would be much better off at Campoons Bay in front of the Shack. Nov/Dec surf is awesome with 8-10 swells.
By gone sailing , 09-05-2007
no surf - Flat, dont even bother bringing a board, better sailing that time of year.
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