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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Magnet Rock

South Africa, Cape Town

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Drive to Hermanus, Turn off at Onrus beach and drive all the way down to the beach. Continue driving round the point till you come to a large bay encircled by rocks. You should see the Onrus campsite just across the bay. In the middle of the bay is one large rock (magnet rock). The take off zone is just to the left of the rock and a bit further out.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive to Hermanus, Turn off at Onrus beach and drive all the way down to the beach. Continue driving round the point till you come to a large bay encircled by rocks. You should see the Onrus campsite just across the bay. In the middle of the bay is one large rock (magnet rock). The take off zone is just to the left of the rock and a bit further out.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive to Hermanus, Turn off at Onrus beach and drive all the way down to the beach. Continue driving round the point till you come to a large bay encircled by rocks. You should see the Onrus campsite just across the bay. In the middle of the bay is one large rock (magnet rock). The take off zone is just to the left of the rock and a bit further out.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive to Hermanus, Turn off at Onrus beach and drive all the way down to the beach. Continue driving round the point till you come to a large bay encircled by rocks. You should see the Onrus campsite just across the bay. In the middle of the bay is one large rock (magnet rock). The take off zone is just to the left of the rock and a bit further out.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeReef-rocky

DirectionRight

BottomFlat rocks with sand

PowerPowerful

Normal lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorth, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 2.5m-3m / 8ft-10ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movement

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rocks

 Additional Information

Park your car in front of the rocks on the gravel. Paddling out is easy through a channel between two parallel set of rocks just in front of the makeshift car park. Its a long paddle out to the break, through calm water, but well worth it once you get there!

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car in front of the rocks on the gravel. Paddling out is easy through a channel between two parallel set of rocks just in front of the makeshift car park. Its a long paddle out to the break, through calm water, but well worth it once you get there!

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car in front of the rocks on the gravel. Paddling out is easy through a channel between two parallel set of rocks just in front of the makeshift car park. Its a long paddle out to the break, through calm water, but well worth it once you get there!

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car in front of the rocks on the gravel. Paddling out is easy through a channel between two parallel set of rocks just in front of the makeshift car park. Its a long paddle out to the break, through calm water, but well worth it once you get there!

Atmosphere

This wave only works when the Indian ocean swell is really huge (ie. a storm swell) Due to the nature of the bay and a good deal of kelp the swell gets cleaned up by the time it breaks. The take off is fairly easy as the wave is fairly top crumbly to start off with, however when the wave hits the shallower part of the reef, it jacks up to a good solid wave.
Its not very easy to catch it working, I've only surfed it twice. When its working a couple of locals will be out, watch them to see where the take off zone is.

English (Translate this text in English): This wave only works when the Indian ocean swell is really huge (ie. a storm swell) Due to the nature of the bay and a good deal of kelp the swell gets cleaned up by the time it breaks. The take off is fairly easy as the wave is fairly top crumbly to start off with, however when the wave hits the shallower part of the reef, it jacks up to a good solid wave.<br />Its not very easy to catch it working, I've only surfed it twice. When its working a couple of locals will be out, watch them to see where the take off zone is.

English (Translate this text in English): This wave only works when the Indian ocean swell is really huge (ie. a storm swell) Due to the nature of the bay and a good deal of kelp the swell gets cleaned up by the time it breaks. The take off is fairly easy as the wave is fairly top crumbly to start off with, however when the wave hits the shallower part of the reef, it jacks up to a good solid wave.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Its not very easy to catch it working, I've only surfed it twice. When its working a couple of locals will be out, watch them to see where the take off zone is.

English (Translate this text in English): This wave only works when the Indian ocean swell is really huge (ie. a storm swell) Due to the nature of the bay and a good deal of kelp the swell gets cleaned up by the time it breaks. The take off is fairly easy as the wave is fairly top crumbly to start off with, however when the wave hits the shallower part of the reef, it jacks up to a good solid wave.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Its not very easy to catch it working, I've only surfed it twice. When its working a couple of locals will be out, watch them to see where the take off zone is.

General

Its a great big wave that an average fit surfer can handle quite easily. Be careful of getting stuck in the kelp though and don't go left as you may hit magnet rock!

English (Translate this text in English): Its a great big wave that an average fit surfer can handle quite easily. Be careful of getting stuck in the kelp though and don't go left as you may hit magnet rock!

English (Translate this text in English): Its a great big wave that an average fit surfer can handle quite easily. Be careful of getting stuck in the kelp though and don't go left as you may hit magnet rock!

English (Translate this text in English): Its a great big wave that an average fit surfer can handle quite easily. Be careful of getting stuck in the kelp though and don't go left as you may hit magnet rock!

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By Jono , 10-03-2007

Hey bru..leave the crack alone.. - What poes put this spot in the capetown section? This is nowhere near capetown.. information on the spot inacurate too..

By Anonymous , 23-08-2006

drizzel - just to be added this spot can get hazzerdus when big if you dont know about rip currents so be carefull when taking kids out or yourself.

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