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Latitude: 32° 41.433' N
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Get a boat or shmooze someone with a boat. Have them take you down to shelter island. Drop the boat and head out to sea..........the break is at the tip of the outlet on your right side past Ralph's (the break....not the store.)
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?Hard to find
Special accessBy boat only
Alternative name Outside Reef at the Lighthouse
Wave qualityRegional Classic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 5m / 16 ft and over
Best tide positionHigh tide only
Best tide movementRising tide
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
Only go when it's big and high tide. This break is seperate from the lighthouse break on the reef (which at low tide can become exposed) and is located south of that reef. It only breaks when it's big seeing as how the reef is deeper........but when it's on........it's a nice clean right and a mental left. Have ridden the rights up to 15' and not one closed out.
As with all big wave spots, the utmost respect for the wave must be established before paddling out. It breaks both ways but tends to be a better right than left because of the close outs to the left. This break can also have Jet-skiers in the sets......although they ussually leave the guys surfing plenty of room, there's always a couple of kooks that will give jet-skiers a bad name. Had the lifeguards come out from Mission Bay and boot a couple Jet-skier kooks and ticket them for riding the same waves as we were.
Love the spot.......big, powerful, hollow, empty.
By IBNATIVE84 , 05-05-2011
- medium tide going low - 8 foot day nobody out. Bring a 6'5++ alot of water moves here and its hard to get into anything unless your in the perfect spot with a small board and if you do the lip is very powerful and will just pin you to it anyway. you need a clean paddle / takeoff here and you can get an epic right point break wave and if the tide is low enough it offers quite probably the fastest section you can find on a pointbreak almost anywhere
By Anonymous , 21-07-2010
TOOls - This spot is best surfed in 12' speed boat or hobie cat...ask me how I know
By Anonymous , 18-03-2010
CHANNEL? - I surfed in front of the lighthouse. Good call on the coast guard guys. There were 5 dudes out there, they were all in the coast guard. But they were pretty relaxed and when me and my buddy rolled out they were letting us ride waves. My first time here in about 2 yrs. Forgot how hard it can be to get into the channel. Lots of seals, makes you wonder what side of the food chain they are on. But a fun wave nonetheless.
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