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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Guernsey - Perelle Big Peak

UK, Channel Islands

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Paddle 500m across dead water channel from Dom Hue islet.

English (Translate this text in English): Paddle 500m across dead water channel from Dom Hue islet.

English (Translate this text in English): Paddle 500m across dead water channel from Dom Hue islet.

English (Translate this text in English): Paddle 500m across dead water channel from Dom Hue islet.

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomBoulders

PowerPowerful

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

Good wind directionSouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow
- Rocks

 Additional Information

Guernsey's big wave spot is located across a deep water channel from the Islet of Dom Hue. Rarely surfed (you have to walk pass the right/left to get out there), this spot picks up any swell going but as with the other breaks in this area it is easily blown out. Starts breaking properly at about 4/5ft and has been known to hold 10ft+. Generally consists of a relatively short right-hand bowl, this wave is not to be taken lightly, the shifting peak can see you easily getting caught in the impact zone by a wide set breaking further towards the channel.

English (Translate this text in English): Guernsey's big wave spot is located across a deep water channel from the Islet of Dom Hue. Rarely surfed (you have to walk pass the right/left to get out there), this spot picks up any swell going but as with the other breaks in this area it is easily blown out. Starts breaking properly at about 4/5ft and has been known to hold 10ft+. Generally consists of a relatively short right-hand bowl, this wave is not to be taken lightly, the shifting peak can see you easily getting caught in the impact zone by a wide set breaking further towards the channel.

English (Translate this text in English): Guernsey's big wave spot is located across a deep water channel from the Islet of Dom Hue. Rarely surfed (you have to walk pass the right/left to get out there), this spot picks up any swell going but as with the other breaks in this area it is easily blown out. Starts breaking properly at about 4/5ft and has been known to hold 10ft+. Generally consists of a relatively short right-hand bowl, this wave is not to be taken lightly, the shifting peak can see you easily getting caught in the impact zone by a wide set breaking further towards the channel.

English (Translate this text in English): Guernsey's big wave spot is located across a deep water channel from the Islet of Dom Hue. Rarely surfed (you have to walk pass the right/left to get out there), this spot picks up any swell going but as with the other breaks in this area it is easily blown out. Starts breaking properly at about 4/5ft and has been known to hold 10ft+. Generally consists of a relatively short right-hand bowl, this wave is not to be taken lightly, the shifting peak can see you easily getting caught in the impact zone by a wide set breaking further towards the channel.

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By chris , 04-07-2002

two take of spots. - Their are basically two take of spots within 40 ft of each other.If you want to play safe sit in the middle of them and paddle towards the peak that you want to get.The inside can be bare rock but if the tide is high @say 8.4 to 8.7m then this dry section is coverd enough and can produce a very hollow section.Any tide above a 8.7m forget it as you will have to paddle the whole time to stay in position.Also the larger the tide the harder the paddle back as you aproach the island again.The peak isn't surfed that often but is very powerful and good fun.

By Barry Le Chem , 24-06-2002

The big peak - Really fun when its glassy/light offshore and in the region of double overhead or a little more, the drops not too bad when its like that. But it can be sketchy when the winds a little stronger making the drop more difficult, its always late. Plus the inside/outside ledges make positioning really important here too. Judging the size of the sets is important, you dont want to let one go past because you're too far out and you don't want to get caught inside, thats for sure. Theres dry reef after the wave, it is possible to get dragged over it if you eat it or get caught inside. When you're in the lineup you are about a mile out to sea if you're looking at the perelle cove (the garage), its not somewhere you want to surf alone really.

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