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Latitude: 30° 49.222' S
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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
Alternative name St Mikes
Wave qualityWorld Class
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomReef (coral,sharp rocks etc..) with sand
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
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
Week crowdFew surfers
- Shark protected
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
Friendly and fun, but the usual rules apply, respect the locals (who rip) and you'll have a great time
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.....
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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