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Latitude: 33° 55.385' N
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It's just north of El Porto and Hammerlands, and north of the artificial reef. There is a huge parking lot directly above the break, it's pretty hard to miss. Look for the pipe at low tide which goes straigh out to sea.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Shitpipe
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
PowerHollow, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthShort (< 50m)
Good swell directionNorthWest
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to
Best tide positionHigh tide only
Best tide movement
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
The spot is really locked down by the local crew in South Bay. You can see the wave wedge off the pipe (which goes directly out to sea) and you want to drop in early on top of the pipe, or better yet, just deep of the pipe. The left is a lot more consistent than the right, but I have seen some guys get shacked going right. The barrel is amazingly square -- like the Box in Australia.
I am pretty sure you will get vibed if the place is doing its thing, so I don't know how useful it is to go alone (unless you like to scrap with the guys). Since the takeoff is so tight, expect lots of drop ins -- which causes the problems in the water.
Also, DO NOT fall on the pipe! If you fall on the pipe, I guarantee you will lose some skin as the pipe is covered with barnacles and other sharp things!
See above. MAKE SURE MY NAME IS NOT ATTACHED TO THIS DESCRIPTION!!
It's an amazing wave, but it doesn't get good unless the tide is higher and the swell is large. On almost any day, you can see where the spot is as the wave always refracts off the pipe to make a "warbly" wave. Check it out from Vista Del Mar(?). Screw those damn South Bay local punk surfer and spongers!
By Anonymous , 15-01-2010
good session today - surfed today and didn't seem to have a problem with the local crew.
By Anonymous , 13-02-2009
westside - they renamed pipe to bowden reef in honor of legendary barrel rider brandon bowden
By Anonymous , 01-10-2008
Are you kidding right now - Jenkens,
You didn't kick anyones assat pipe and if you did we all would of herd about it and went looking for you. So this might not be your real name but, beat it kook.. go back to Porto with your Mommy and Daddy. Maybe your bad can teach you how not to run your mouth. And if you think that writting something stupid like that will give you waves your so wrong.
Don't pull inteh lot and chech it, your not surfing here ever again.
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