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Drive up the A39 from bude. Get to the devon/cornwall border. Follow signs to welcombe mouth. Park in the carpark and walk out to the cliff. Marsland point is wave breaking along the side of the point to your left. Climb over the rocks and paddle out. Marsland river is the Devon-Cornwall border.
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Marsland Mouth is where the good stuff happens. You can either paddle from welcombe or walk from Mead. There is a righthander which peels off the set of rocks which the welcombe left peels off. This works from lowish to midish and is long, steep and has a huge shoulder. It isn’t epic though. The left point breaking off the rocks to the south of the right is truly epic. Walls come bending around the end of the point and stand up before peeling all the way down the point. You can choose where you take off. The further out the more mad you have to be. This works after mid tide on the push. If it is above shoulder high you can expect epic waves. This is fast powerful and amazing. You have to be pretty experienced to pull this off. The point setup is virtually identical to Millook. The wave starts off with a more do-able section before peeling into the second take off zone. It then speeds up and gets very fast and hairy on the inside before giving you a little bit of sand to kick out onto. Across from the point there is a righthand slab/point which offers very steep faces with hardly any shoulder. It can get epic but if the swell is too big and the tide too low, It may get sectiony and dangerously shallow. The wave finishes over sand but it can section and the takeoff will close out when the tide is too low or the swell too large. It will handle virtually anything. Marsland Rights is the wave on the other side of this point. It requires the same tides and is a bit more exposed to wind than the left. It can give a long ride although you have to decide how you will get there. Either a long paddle or cliff climb. It is not possible to climb here from Marsland Mouth. Due to the access problems little is known about this break but it is there and can go off.
This place could be on the moon. You can see no sign of civilisation at all and the rocks of the point in one place have been eroded away so the strata are exposed in concentric circles like a cut onion. There is a weird islandy thing off the end of the point which is a strange shape. Welcombe where you park has a little waterfall and round browny red boulders which make great paperweights.
Makes an alternative to the hustle and bustle of Millook. It is a lovely wave and there are no locals. Just people who come here to surf and hang out. It is a really nice place to surf. Not the wildest pointbreak but 10 times better than millook.
By Anonymous , 15-01-2009
- No More Secrets!
You are absolutley right! This spot like many others are no longer secret. Unfortunatley this site seems to have raped alot of the secrets in the area I live. The consequense of this means that no developing grom can find a spot they've never surfed and get excited that the effort that they have put in seaching the coast line and studying maps and charts is worth it. Instead now these sacred places we once used to get away from the crouds of other surfers to get that "Out there" feeling are on offer for anyone. "But anyone is entitled to surf where they want"... maybe so, but is it fair to do this and spread this informaition at the detriment of existing surfers, individuals that have taken years to become truly wired to spots like these and infact ambassadors of the sport.
There used to be a very different attitude in the water around these parts, but with the influx of highly competitive and often wave greedy surfers (some of these are local Reybyn!) attitudes have changed, resentment is an all to familiar feeling and to be fair I can empathise. Having surfed places that even 5 years ago you would be lucky to see more than 5 people out, and turning up in the Easter this year to count 15 people battling for one peak with little or no respect for anyone else in the water I can understand people wanting to keep their secrets secret.
In the past I have winged about this site but now I no longer bother, any contributions to this site make little or no effect to the morals or ethics of the contributers to this site so why bother, most of the information is not that accurate anyway (I guess that they heard of alot of these spots through pub talk!)
It doesn't take much to spoil someone's surf, but as a performance surfer to pass a few waves so that some of the locals who may not be as good as you can get some good rides goes a long way, almost to the point of acceptance at times.
Just remember, some of the older fellas that surf these places have been doing so for years, should they be forced to give up surfing these waves because of the young bloods who turn up in their packs, or those who dominate the sets with no regard of how many waves they get over the other people who they share the break with? This is what I'm beggining to witness and it is promoting a bitter feeling between locals and visiting surfers, understandably I think.
Dear Peaked and Past It,
1. You're expecting us to believe you've never looked at a surf guide or at a surf prediction site?
2. So you reckon the old surfers that don't tell new surfers where good waves are are really "ambassodors of the sport"? If so, what a pathetic sport we all take part in!
3.You lucky guy. You grew up when there weren't many surfers and you got these waves to yourself. As a reward for this, you expect all the younger surfers that have had to compete for most of the waves they've ever caught to give you all the best waves even now?
4. You say there's a lot of resentment now the "londoners" are crowding the water. The only attitude and resentment on this site is coming from bitter old locals like yourself. (oh, and me!)
5. Get a grip you miserable loser!
By Anonymous , 08-07-2007
Fond Memories - A lot of fond memories surfing this place, both with a crowd and alone from a couple of ft to well o'head. It's not suprising that the secret has been blown, they all do in the end. Though as with all the other "secret spots" the best waves are had on certain tide, swell and wind combinations. The best way to catch those memorable days is to do the time and learn how the various waves in the area work and you will be rewarded (and frustrated) in the process generally in the absence of company.No it is not a spot for someone who has just learnt. Your feet tap the rock that causes the boil on mid sized days and the inside slab sucks dry on small days, and getting caught in the rocks is "interesting".Be respectful of the locals and you might just get a smile and keep your wing mirrors and maybe even a few waves. If you are good enough you will get your waves and letting a few go by won't hurt there will be plenty more.
By south sider , 04-02-2007
Yeah, ditto - Only works when it's about 8ft and maxed out on beaches. Make sure you get in at low tide, coz thats when it's best. To get back in, wait til it's nice and high and then gun stright for the centre of the beach. It might look like big shorey, but get on, you'll be fine.
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