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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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 Sombrio Beach

Canada, West Coast

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 48° 29.652' N
Longitude: 124° 17.774' W

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Drive the Sooke Hwy out of Sooke towards Port Renfrew, its about 45 minutes past sooke. Look for the sign that reads Sombrio Beach Trailhead and take the left. Drive down the dirt road until our at the bottom and park. Walk the trail and just before you cross the walking bridge take the trail to the left. Follow that trail and cut through the area that looks like a field (Left)
To the right is 1st peak, the center is called chickens and the far right is called 2nd peak.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive the Sooke Hwy out of Sooke towards Port Renfrew, its about 45 minutes past sooke. Look for the sign that reads Sombrio Beach Trailhead and take the left. Drive down the dirt road until our at the bottom and park. Walk the trail and just before you cross the walking bridge take the trail to the left. Follow that trail and cut through the area that looks like a field (Left)<br />To the right is 1st peak, the center is called chickens and the far right is called 2nd peak.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive the Sooke Hwy out of Sooke towards Port Renfrew, its about 45 minutes past sooke. Look for the sign that reads Sombrio Beach Trailhead and take the left. Drive down the dirt road until our at the bottom and park. Walk the trail and just before you cross the walking bridge take the trail to the left. Follow that trail and cut through the area that looks like a field (Left)&lt;br &#47;&gt;To the right is 1st peak, the center is called chickens and the far right is called 2nd peak.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive the Sooke Hwy out of Sooke towards Port Renfrew, its about 45 minutes past sooke. Look for the sign that reads Sombrio Beach Trailhead and take the left. Drive down the dirt road until our at the bottom and park. Walk the trail and just before you cross the walking bridge take the trail to the left. Follow that trail and cut through the area that looks like a field (Left)&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;To the right is 1st peak, the center is called chickens and the far right is called 2nd peak.

DistanceDay trip

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight and left

BottomBoulders

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ordinary

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest

Good wind directionNorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

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Week crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Rocks
- Localism

 Additional Information

There are four spots in this lil horse shoe bay. Chickens is a rocky beachbreak, for those scared to venture out to the reefs. Seconds is out to the left. Firsts is to the right and has a longer left...the right starts off nice and gets fat as it dies in the rivermouth. Easy paddle out (dry hair usually). Further to the right is a rocky ledge called waterfalls as there are some lil waterfalls of the cliff...it is for experts only and is a left close to rocks.
This is a super spot to surf and when the swell is in its a MUST. Canadian surfers especially at this spot are very friendly and offer you free coffee and fried chicken. Everyone should experience this wonderfull place.

English (Translate this text in English): There are four spots in this lil horse shoe bay. Chickens is a rocky beachbreak, for those scared to venture out to the reefs. Seconds is out to the left. Firsts is to the right and has a longer left...the right starts off nice and gets fat as it dies in the rivermouth. Easy paddle out (dry hair usually). Further to the right is a rocky ledge called waterfalls as there are some lil waterfalls of the cliff...it is for experts only and is a left close to rocks.<br />This is a super spot to surf and when the swell is in its a MUST. Canadian surfers especially at this spot are very friendly and offer you free coffee and fried chicken. Everyone should experience this wonderfull place.

English (Translate this text in English): There are four spots in this lil horse shoe bay. Chickens is a rocky beachbreak, for those scared to venture out to the reefs. Seconds is out to the left. Firsts is to the right and has a longer left...the right starts off nice and gets fat as it dies in the rivermouth. Easy paddle out (dry hair usually). Further to the right is a rocky ledge called waterfalls as there are some lil waterfalls of the cliff...it is for experts only and is a left close to rocks.&lt;br &#47;&gt;This is a super spot to surf and when the swell is in its a MUST. Canadian surfers especially at this spot are very friendly and offer you free coffee and fried chicken. Everyone should experience this wonderfull place.

English (Translate this text in English): There are four spots in this lil horse shoe bay. Chickens is a rocky beachbreak, for those scared to venture out to the reefs. Seconds is out to the left. Firsts is to the right and has a longer left...the right starts off nice and gets fat as it dies in the rivermouth. Easy paddle out (dry hair usually). Further to the right is a rocky ledge called waterfalls as there are some lil waterfalls of the cliff...it is for experts only and is a left close to rocks.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;This is a super spot to surf and when the swell is in its a MUST. Canadian surfers especially at this spot are very friendly and offer you free coffee and fried chicken. Everyone should experience this wonderfull place.

Atmosphere

Everyone should surf here

English (Translate this text in English): Everyone should surf here

English (Translate this text in English): Everyone should surf here

English (Translate this text in English): Everyone should surf here

General

IF you are surfing here look for me, my name is Surfslut. :)

English (Translate this text in English): IF you are surfing here look for me, my name is Surfslut. :)

English (Translate this text in English): IF you are surfing here look for me, my name is Surfslut. :)

English (Translate this text in English): IF you are surfing here look for me, my name is Surfslut. :)

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By zinbarrel , 18-04-2013

locals... haha - South island has developed a reputation for ‘local assholes’, but I think that's been overhyped. I've lived here 2 years and surfed pretty much every day that the surf is up. In my experience people here are generally quite chill. I’ve had very few negative encounters. The odd time somebody has acted up, I can assure you it’s all bark, no bite.
The waves here are mostly rocky reef and point breaks which work in machine-like fashion with very specific takeoff zones. So the lineups are very compressed and you’re shoulder to shoulder with everyone. In any random group of people there are bound to be a few assholes now and then.
With that being said, I keep out of people’s way, I follow etiquette, and when I paddle for a wave I generally catch it. Therefore I have pleasant encounters on the water.
If you put others in danger because you’re not in control of your board it’s going to provoke a conversation, and it should.
If you get in position, paddle for a wave and miss it, then paddle past people and back into position, you will hear something.
If you start 100m outside of the peak and paddle your SUP straight towards shore on a non-breaking wave then decide to go back door at the last second and cut off a surfer who was lined up for the wave right on the peak, you will hear something (in that particular case it was me doing the barking).
So basically just use your head out there and have respect for the waves and the people on them.

By Anonymous , 15-10-2010

Small correction.. - Hey guys,

Just letting you know that Firsts is NOT to the right when facing the water from the beach. Firsts is the break to the left, Chickens is in the center (you got that right) and Seconds is to the right. Much further right you have Waterfalls.

Thanks

By Biggest Bollocks , 06-07-2010

Oooooh - this place is schweeee eeet! I'm on my way and I'm gonna surf all over you "local" fkrs like speedbumps!! HAHAHAHA RAAAAH!

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