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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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 Matanzas Inlet

USA, South East, North Florida

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Aproximadamente

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Latitude: 29° 42.446' N
Longitude: 81° 13.506' W

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 Access

DistanceTake a car

WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Matanzas North, Matanzas South, Pmack's

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityRegional Classic

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

Power

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction

Good wind direction

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementDon't know

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Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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 Additional Information

Matanzas is far from world class, but it almost always breaks bigger there than the local beach breaks... lots of places to ride and it gets swell from a lot of directions... overall one of the better Inlet waves in Florida

English (Translate this text in English): Matanzas is far from world class, but it almost always breaks bigger there than the local beach breaks... lots of places to ride and it gets swell from a lot of directions... overall one of the better Inlet waves in Florida

English (Translate this text in English): Matanzas is far from world class, but it almost always breaks bigger there than the local beach breaks... lots of places to ride and it gets swell from a lot of directions... overall one of the better Inlet waves in Florida

English (Translate this text in English): Matanzas is far from world class, but it almost always breaks bigger there than the local beach breaks... lots of places to ride and it gets swell from a lot of directions... overall one of the better Inlet waves in Florida

Atmosphere

localism not as heavy as people say. definetly not.

English (Translate this text in English): localism not as heavy as people say. definetly not.

English (Translate this text in English): localism not as heavy as people say. definetly not.

English (Translate this text in English): localism not as heavy as people say. definetly not.

General

It looks like a perfect point break when it fires. By the way, Ive surfed this spot for years and havent seen a shark.

English (Translate this text in English): It looks like a perfect point break when it fires. By the way, Ive surfed this spot for years and havent seen a shark.

English (Translate this text in English): It looks like a perfect point break when it fires. By the way, Ive surfed this spot for years and havent seen a shark.

English (Translate this text in English): It looks like a perfect point break when it fires. By the way, Ive surfed this spot for years and havent seen a shark.

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By skinnywater , 05-02-2009

Why it is called Matanza - The Massacre at Matanzas

In 1565, almost 175 years before construction began on Fort Matanzas, another story was played out at the Matanzas Inlet--the massacre of the French Huguenots. A large French force under Jean Ribault had left their settlement of Fort Caroline in Spanish-claimed territory near present-day Jacksonville to attack the Spanish at their new settlement of St. Augustine (San Agustin).

A storm shipwrecked the French fleet farther south. When the Spanish discovered the French on the beach, they ordered them to surrender, give up their Protestant faith, and accept Catholicism. Being without weapons or food, they did surrender, but renounce their faith they refused to do. So the Spanish massacred nearly 250 Frenchmen as trespassers and heretics near the inlet which was then appropriately named "Matanzas", the Spanish word for massacre. This confrontation began 235 years of Spanish control in Florida.

By 50/50 , 21-10-2007

Watch out for Scrambo !!!! - Surf this spot all the time,good longboard spot,many locals who know who is who ! Be respectful !! make sure you park correctly or you will have to listen to Scrambo !!!!

By Anonymous , 26-09-2007

my take... - Matanzas is far from world class, but it almost always breaks bigger there than the local beach breaks... I ride there every week and it is consistantly bigger... waves will be in the knee high range on the beach breaks, it will be waist there.. lots of places to ride and it gets swell from a lot of directions... overall one of the better Inlet waves in Florida IMHO

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