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Latitude: 43° 55.728' N
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First, Get a permit to visit the Island from the governement of Canada (Ex:Departement of Fisheries and Oceans of Canada). If you don't have the permit you can't go. Then, you need a boat or helicopter, because Sable Island is around 95 Nautical Miles off-shore. The seas are fierce, and good navigation is mandatory. This is the REAL GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC. (Not that Outer Banks crap). Again, very trechourous to get there, but well worth it.
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Private access
Special accessBy boat only
Wave qualityRegional Classic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West, SouthWest, South, SouthEast, East, NorthEast
Good wind directionSouthEast, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
Bring Shark Repellent.So, once there, anchor your boat on the leeward side of the island, hop ashore. To get around on the Island and find the best peak, either "borrow" an ATV off the Scientists at the reasearch base, or hop on any of the hundreds of wild horses.
Watch out for "Rick". He's a scientist based on the Island, he thinks he ownes the spot, and doesn't like outsiders. Watch out for excessive sharks. Great whites regularly feed on seals and wouldn't mind you as a substitute.
Since the island is out in the middle of the Atlantic, rips and latteral currents are no laughing matter. In no time, you could be swept away, for good...
This is the ultimate East Coast beachbreak. Although the word is out and its getting a little crowded with fisherman and scientists, there is still enough waves for all. Exposed on every side, any wind, and right on the edge of the continental shelf (no loss of energy). The only inconvenient, is those damn wild horses. Don't leave anything on the beach while you surf, or they will get at it. Bring some rope to catch one and you can ride him around. Great for touring the island in search of spots (don't let the scientists see you do that).
By Robert Sprague , 26-07-2009
Sailing to Sable - I am planning a trip to Sable Island on my way to the Carribean. Has anyone out there actually landed on the island?
By Stic , 19-07-2008
I Surfed it - My name is Stic. I surfed Sable in 2003. Anyone that says I didnt can blow me.
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