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Latitude: 51° 41.691' S
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Surf bay is situated on the airport road when driving out of Port Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands. Perhaps an unlikely surf destination but rest assured that this place seriously pumps, super consistent fast waves with no crowds at all. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the best bet if your not a cold water hero, the sea life is amazing and you'll find your perfect wave...
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Alternative name Malvinas island
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising tide
Beware of the minefields as you enter!
Bertha is a beautiful beach, though does get very windy - as do the Islands as a whole, which takes the tops off the waves. It's a long beach, and the wildlife is superb - penguins, sea lions, and dolphins. The dolphins love surfers, and mirror your movements in the water. I had five of them circling me, and then catching the same wave either side of my board!
I have spent the past 2 weeks based in Stanley and drove to the beach at least twice a day to surf, every day saw a decent swell pulsing through, the wind was the only factor. This in a place that has no locals so who know what lies around that next headland...
I prefer Bertha's to Surf Bay. Both are very similar in wave height, and both suffer from very short, fast waves - so unless you stand up and get sideways straight away, you'll be off in no time. I was there for six months, and consistently over the period, the waves tended to break on the beach, which is quite steep - hence the short ride. Summer temperature is similar to UK late spring, and winter (Jun/Jul) is bloody baltic - I wore 3mm gloves, and had to get out after 15 mins before my hands fell off! Another bad factor of Surf Bay is that it reeks of rotting kelp, which can is pretty rancid and smells quite like like sewage, but its not. Final point is that there are no surf shops on the Island (or brewery - two business ideas there!), so you'll need to take all your own equipment. Flights to FI go from Brize Norton twice a week, and the RAF bods there have no problems with taking a board (though it does come out of your 54kg baggage allowance).
By Anonymous , 17-09-2010
SWORDSMAN - Just been posted here in the falklands and have been surfing in surf bay its cold but well worth a paddle. The breaks are realy quick and they break right up on the beach so its real shallow if you wipe out. any locals who wana surf give us a email.
By Sean Moffatt , 31-07-2008
Hey people - I am a local living in the Falkland Islands. My brother and I have been exploring the coast of the Islands for the last year and have a few spots we would like to share. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are down in the Falklands email me and we might be able to get some trips organised, maybe discover some more breaks,
By Rupert Williams , 09-07-2008
Bertha's Beach - Yeah surfed bertha's a couple of times as well, but i was there during the height of summer (dec-mar) so the swell and wind was generally pretty settled, so surf bay was always the better option. bertha's was quality but needs a slightly bigger swell to pump i reckon, so more consistent in winter. lastly, i am a sponger so the hollow shorebreak at surf bay was primo for me :)
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