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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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 South Haven, wooden stairs

USA, North East, The Great Lakes

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 Access

Follow signs to the beach south of the river in South Haven. Park on the bluff across the street from the Catholic church. It's free and the stairs are right there

English (Translate this text in English): Follow signs to the beach south of the river in South Haven. Park on the bluff across the street from the Catholic church. It's free and the stairs are right there

English (Translate this text in English): Follow signs to the beach south of the river in South Haven. Park on the bluff across the street from the Catholic church. It's free and the stairs are right there

English (Translate this text in English): Follow signs to the beach south of the river in South Haven. Park on the bluff across the street from the Catholic church. It's free and the stairs are right there

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name South Haven, blue stairs

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Ordinary

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest

Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+

Best tide position

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

Webcam urlhttp://www.mlive.com/beac... 

Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

Check marine bouy readings at noaa station 45007. If the winds are above 20 knots and from 300 to 10 degrees. then go for it! So if you see a big storm coming in from the north get there early to avoid the crowds. Also the first waves of the storm are the cleanest. Things start to degrade as time goes by. Usually the rip next to the pier will suck you out. Don't do the pier jump cause there are alot of rocks just below the surface.

English (Translate this text in English): Check marine bouy readings at noaa station 45007. If the winds are above 20 knots and from 300 to 10 degrees. then go for it! So if you see a big storm coming in from the north get there early to avoid the crowds. Also the first waves of the storm are the cleanest. Things start to degrade as time goes by. Usually the rip next to the pier will suck you out. Don't do the pier jump cause there are alot of rocks just below the surface.

English (Translate this text in English): Check marine bouy readings at noaa station 45007. If the winds are above 20 knots and from 300 to 10 degrees. then go for it! So if you see a big storm coming in from the north get there early to avoid the crowds. Also the first waves of the storm are the cleanest. Things start to degrade as time goes by. Usually the rip next to the pier will suck you out. Don't do the pier jump cause there are alot of rocks just below the surface.

English (Translate this text in English): Check marine bouy readings at noaa station 45007. If the winds are above 20 knots and from 300 to 10 degrees. then go for it! So if you see a big storm coming in from the north get there early to avoid the crowds. Also the first waves of the storm are the cleanest. Things start to degrade as time goes by. Usually the rip next to the pier will suck you out. Don't do the pier jump cause there are alot of rocks just below the surface.

Atmosphere

It's pretty fun if the waves are big and no one is around. Jet-skis will kill a session if the waves are under 5 ft. Jokers from up north might try to act like they're at pipe if the waves get bigger than 4 ft. Try to keep smiling.

English (Translate this text in English): It's pretty fun if the waves are big and no one is around. Jet-skis will kill a session if the waves are under 5 ft. Jokers from up north might try to act like they're at pipe if the waves get bigger than 4 ft. Try to keep smiling.

English (Translate this text in English): It's pretty fun if the waves are big and no one is around. Jet-skis will kill a session if the waves are under 5 ft. Jokers from up north might try to act like they're at pipe if the waves get bigger than 4 ft. Try to keep smiling.

English (Translate this text in English): It's pretty fun if the waves are big and no one is around. Jet-skis will kill a session if the waves are under 5 ft. Jokers from up north might try to act like they're at pipe if the waves get bigger than 4 ft. Try to keep smiling.

General

If you have to drive more than an hour to get there, you might be wasting your time.

English (Translate this text in English): If you have to drive more than an hour to get there, you might be wasting your time.

English (Translate this text in English): If you have to drive more than an hour to get there, you might be wasting your time.

English (Translate this text in English): If you have to drive more than an hour to get there, you might be wasting your time.

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By rabbit.... john2952@hotmail.com , 27-06-2006

absolutely goes off!!! - Im from good ol oz and actually got it crankin a few yrs back.....with a side shore /offshore wind shift following the howling norwester...2-3 meter sucky barells running down from the light on a shallow bank...loved it on my backhand!!...and a hot blonde mermaid called Cher....a local hairdresser, on the shore with a bottle of overproof rum for me to skull down when my cheeks started to freeze....if u r in the area...anf have your board....worth the paddle....just like back home in tasmania.....but minus the beautiful mermaid....

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