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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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 St Michaels

South Africa, Hibiscous Coast

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 30° 49.222' S
Longitude: 30° 24.409' E

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 Access

In the town of St Michaels, drive to the western end of the bay, a parking overlooks the man-made tidal pools and the break

English (Translate this text in English): In the town of St Michaels, drive to the western end of the bay, a parking overlooks the man-made tidal pools and the break

English (Translate this text in English): In the town of St Michaels, drive to the western end of the bay, a parking overlooks the man-made tidal pools and the break

English (Translate this text in English): In the town of St Michaels, drive to the western end of the bay, a parking overlooks the man-made tidal pools and the break

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name St Mikes

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypePoint-break

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand

PowerHollow, Fast

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionWest, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionEast, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+

Best tide positionMid and high tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdCrowded

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Dangers

- Localism
- Sharks
- Shark protected

 Additional Information

This break can really go off with an intmidating take-off in front of the rocks, then a high speed run into the bay, finishing as a 'standard' beach break. On smaller days the inside is a reform without connection to the point/reef

English (Translate this text in English): This break can really go off with an intmidating take-off in front of the rocks, then a high speed run into the bay, finishing as a 'standard' beach break. On smaller days the inside is a reform without connection to the point/reef

English (Translate this text in English): This break can really go off with an intmidating take-off in front of the rocks, then a high speed run into the bay, finishing as a 'standard' beach break. On smaller days the inside is a reform without connection to the point/reef

English (Translate this text in English): This break can really go off with an intmidating take-off in front of the rocks, then a high speed run into the bay, finishing as a 'standard' beach break. On smaller days the inside is a reform without connection to the point/reef

Atmosphere

Friendly and fun, but the usual rules apply, respect the locals (who rip) and you'll have a great time

English (Translate this text in English): Friendly and fun, but the usual rules apply, respect the locals (who rip) and you'll have a great time

English (Translate this text in English): Friendly and fun, but the usual rules apply, respect the locals (who rip) and you'll have a great time

English (Translate this text in English): Friendly and fun, but the usual rules apply, respect the locals (who rip) and you'll have a great time

General

Really nice place, 'cause even if you want to avoid the gnarly point/reef you can have fun on the beach break. I surfed here with a pod of dolphins playing in the water around us. Despite this welcome presence, goes to prove that the shark nets only 'reduce the chances' of sharks getting in, and are not total barriers.....

English (Translate this text in English): Really nice place, 'cause even if you want to avoid the gnarly point/reef you can have fun on the beach break. I surfed here with a pod of dolphins playing in the water around us. Despite this welcome presence, goes to prove that the shark nets only 'reduce the chances' of sharks getting in, and are not total barriers.....

English (Translate this text in English): Really nice place, 'cause even if you want to avoid the gnarly point/reef you can have fun on the beach break. I surfed here with a pod of dolphins playing in the water around us. Despite this welcome presence, goes to prove that the shark nets only 'reduce the chances' of sharks getting in, and are not total barriers.....

English (Translate this text in English): Really nice place, 'cause even if you want to avoid the gnarly point/reef you can have fun on the beach break. I surfed here with a pod of dolphins playing in the water around us. Despite this welcome presence, goes to prove that the shark nets only 'reduce the chances' of sharks getting in, and are not total barriers.....

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South Africa

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South Africa

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South Africa

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South Africa

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By Anonymous , 15-12-2008

Awesome break - I've been bodyboarding and surfing at St Mikes and I will always have the ut most respect for that break. It is the only wave that almost drowned me twice and I surfed my biggest wave Yet there a monster 5m face it was crazy but the greatest day ever

By Dylan , 25-04-2008

Surfing=dead? - is it just me or has sufing died on the south coast?!?
if this same piece of coastline was somewhere in Australia we would have produced a mick fanning by now...promising surfers emerge and just fade on this coast...bascially you have to move to Durban to experience competative Surfing. C'mon boys lets get on our boards stop bickering about local spots and SURF


By Anonymous , 07-12-2007

Consistency - this wave is strangely really consistent, Ive lived on the coast all my life and if nothings working St Mikes produces the goods
great point break, respect the locals and enjoy.

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