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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 - The Knife

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Park in carpark on the north side of Portinfer bay by the shooting range

English (Translate this text in English): Park in carpark on the north side of Portinfer bay by the shooting range

English (Translate this text in English): Park in carpark on the north side of Portinfer bay by the shooting range

English (Translate this text in English): Park in carpark on the north side of Portinfer bay by the shooting range

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionLeft

BottomBoulders

PowerHollow, Fast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthShort (< 50m)

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 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionHigh tide only

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

The Knife is a left-hand point that breaks over the boulder reef on the northern side of Portifer bay. Requiring a spring high tide to break, it consists of generally fast, short and hollow left-handers breaking off or around the point. A fairly exposed spot, it picks up most available swell and can often produce 3-4 waves when Vazon is only 1-2ft. Generally known as a small wave spot as it starts to close out and get messy at around the 5-6ft mark and therefore is generally surfed on smaller swells during the spring and summer periods.

English (Translate this text in English): The Knife is a left-hand point that breaks over the boulder reef on the northern side of Portifer bay. Requiring a spring high tide to break, it consists of generally fast, short and hollow left-handers breaking off or around the point. A fairly exposed spot, it picks up most available swell and can often produce 3-4 waves when Vazon is only 1-2ft. Generally known as a small wave spot as it starts to close out and get messy at around the 5-6ft mark and therefore is generally surfed on smaller swells during the spring and summer periods.

English (Translate this text in English): The Knife is a left-hand point that breaks over the boulder reef on the northern side of Portifer bay. Requiring a spring high tide to break, it consists of generally fast, short and hollow left-handers breaking off or around the point. A fairly exposed spot, it picks up most available swell and can often produce 3-4 waves when Vazon is only 1-2ft. Generally known as a small wave spot as it starts to close out and get messy at around the 5-6ft mark and therefore is generally surfed on smaller swells during the spring and summer periods.

English (Translate this text in English): The Knife is a left-hand point that breaks over the boulder reef on the northern side of Portifer bay. Requiring a spring high tide to break, it consists of generally fast, short and hollow left-handers breaking off or around the point. A fairly exposed spot, it picks up most available swell and can often produce 3-4 waves when Vazon is only 1-2ft. Generally known as a small wave spot as it starts to close out and get messy at around the 5-6ft mark and therefore is generally surfed on smaller swells during the spring and summer periods.

Atmosphere

Generally okay, can get competitive when busy in the evenings and weekends.

English (Translate this text in English): Generally okay, can get competitive when busy in the evenings and weekends.

English (Translate this text in English): Generally okay, can get competitive when busy in the evenings and weekends.

English (Translate this text in English): Generally okay, can get competitive when busy in the evenings and weekends.

General

On it's day this can be a really good fund wave, unfortunately when good it is also usually pretty crowded.

English (Translate this text in English): On it's day this can be a really good fund wave, unfortunately when good it is also usually pretty crowded.

English (Translate this text in English): On it's day this can be a really good fund wave, unfortunately when good it is also usually pretty crowded.

English (Translate this text in English): On it's day this can be a really good fund wave, unfortunately when good it is also usually pretty crowded.

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By chris , 15-05-2004

the knife - the knife is to the right of portinfer as you look out to sea.

By anonymous , 22-02-2004

no title - were is the knife ?

By Slater Hater (keep it old school) , 19-08-2002

Vazon is crap!!!! - Vazon is for the longboarders and generaly helmets with a fear of rock's (with the exception of the reef on the odd occasion it's 5 ft+ and walling up to the beach). It rarely has any shape and on a high tide is unsurfable due to backwash. If there's bugger all swell Centers doesn't work or has every Mum&Dad Inc pro rider giving shite and dropping in on guy's that have surfed the place for over a decade (30 Dick "head" Brownings case).Keep it up guy's and you'll be Generation X living!

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