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 Captiva Island

USA, Gulf Coast, Florida

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 Access

Fort Myers area with toll bridge to access Sanibel/Captiva Island. Go north on Sanibel till you reach small bridge for Blind Pass.Not much parking due to rich snotty natives,but there is parking at the pass, and at the end of the island near South Seas Plantation.

English (Translate this text in English): Fort Myers area with toll bridge to access Sanibel/Captiva Island. Go north on Sanibel till you reach small bridge for Blind Pass.Not much parking due to rich snotty natives,but there is parking at the pass, and at the end of the island near South Seas Plantation.

English (Translate this text in English): Fort Myers area with toll bridge to access Sanibel/Captiva Island. Go north on Sanibel till you reach small bridge for Blind Pass.Not much parking due to rich snotty natives,but there is parking at the pass, and at the end of the island near South Seas Plantation.

English (Translate this text in English): Fort Myers area with toll bridge to access Sanibel/Captiva Island. Go north on Sanibel till you reach small bridge for Blind Pass.Not much parking due to rich snotty natives,but there is parking at the pass, and at the end of the island near South Seas Plantation.

DistanceTake a car

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Blind pass

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencySometimes break

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Fun

Normal lengthShort (< 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South

Good wind directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest

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

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Private beach
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Only two places to park for non residance or public.At the pass or at the north end of the island.Bad beach erosion causes county to dredge sand to make beach extend out over orig.sandbars,but the bottom is fairly deep till you get close to shore creating a hollow fast breaking wave.You need to get up quick and go,(especially at low tide),sort of "Pipeline"style.

English (Translate this text in English): Only two places to park for non residance or public.At the pass or at the north end of the island.Bad beach erosion causes county to dredge sand to make beach extend out over orig.sandbars,but the bottom is fairly deep till you get close to shore creating a hollow fast breaking wave.You need to get up quick and go,(especially at low tide),sort of "Pipeline"style.

English (Translate this text in English): Only two places to park for non residance or public.At the pass or at the north end of the island.Bad beach erosion causes county to dredge sand to make beach extend out over orig.sandbars,but the bottom is fairly deep till you get close to shore creating a hollow fast breaking wave.You need to get up quick and go,(especially at low tide),sort of "Pipeline"style.

English (Translate this text in English): Only two places to park for non residance or public.At the pass or at the north end of the island.Bad beach erosion causes county to dredge sand to make beach extend out over orig.sandbars,but the bottom is fairly deep till you get close to shore creating a hollow fast breaking wave.You need to get up quick and go,(especially at low tide),sort of "Pipeline"style.

Atmosphere

Winter is best for consistancy from Jan to Feb from nasty cold fronts ripping through Canada to Key West.Catch it day after front hits at dawn for killer little hollow rights.Best to park at blind pass and walk north up the beach till you get tired of walking because the current is strong north to south in winter.Once you reach the pass,stay in and check out the long unreal right that peels down the boomerang shaped sandbar just south of the 20'wannabe jetty.when you get out you will be on the Sanibel side of the pass.If the pass is blocked by sand, no problem getting to your car.If water is flowing through,watch for hatefull sand spurs when trying to access the bridge on the Sanibel side.Try to catch summertime hurricane or tropical storm swells,you will not believe how it holds up in even big swells,(bring football gear and first aid kit)!!!Tropical storm Bob in the 80's sat in the middle of the gulf and sent double overhead+ death swell with hardly any bad weather because of its distance from Fla. .Sounds like B.S.?.....do some research,the news reported the seas report at....GET THIS...17 to38 feet,INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE!!!!!!!!

English (Translate this text in English): Winter is best for consistancy from Jan to Feb from nasty cold fronts ripping through Canada to Key West.Catch it day after front hits at dawn for killer little hollow rights.Best to park at blind pass and walk north up the beach till you get tired of walking because the current is strong north to south in winter.Once you reach the pass,stay in and check out the long unreal right that peels down the boomerang shaped sandbar just south of the 20'wannabe jetty.when you get out you will be on the Sanibel side of the pass.If the pass is blocked by sand, no problem getting to your car.If water is flowing through,watch for hatefull sand spurs when trying to access the bridge on the Sanibel side.Try to catch summertime hurricane or tropical storm swells,you will not believe how it holds up in even big swells,(bring football gear and first aid kit)!!!Tropical storm Bob in the 80's sat in the middle of the gulf and sent double overhead+ death swell with hardly any bad weather because of its distance from Fla. .Sounds like B.S.?.....do some research,the news reported the seas report at....GET THIS...17 to38 feet,INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE!!!!!!!!

English (Translate this text in English): Winter is best for consistancy from Jan to Feb from nasty cold fronts ripping through Canada to Key West.Catch it day after front hits at dawn for killer little hollow rights.Best to park at blind pass and walk north up the beach till you get tired of walking because the current is strong north to south in winter.Once you reach the pass,stay in and check out the long unreal right that peels down the boomerang shaped sandbar just south of the 20'wannabe jetty.when you get out you will be on the Sanibel side of the pass.If the pass is blocked by sand, no problem getting to your car.If water is flowing through,watch for hatefull sand spurs when trying to access the bridge on the Sanibel side.Try to catch summertime hurricane or tropical storm swells,you will not believe how it holds up in even big swells,(bring football gear and first aid kit)!!!Tropical storm Bob in the 80's sat in the middle of the gulf and sent double overhead+ death swell with hardly any bad weather because of its distance from Fla. .Sounds like B.S.?.....do some research,the news reported the seas report at....GET THIS...17 to38 feet,INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE!!!!!!!!

English (Translate this text in English): Winter is best for consistancy from Jan to Feb from nasty cold fronts ripping through Canada to Key West.Catch it day after front hits at dawn for killer little hollow rights.Best to park at blind pass and walk north up the beach till you get tired of walking because the current is strong north to south in winter.Once you reach the pass,stay in and check out the long unreal right that peels down the boomerang shaped sandbar just south of the 20'wannabe jetty.when you get out you will be on the Sanibel side of the pass.If the pass is blocked by sand, no problem getting to your car.If water is flowing through,watch for hatefull sand spurs when trying to access the bridge on the Sanibel side.Try to catch summertime hurricane or tropical storm swells,you will not believe how it holds up in even big swells,(bring football gear and first aid kit)!!!Tropical storm Bob in the 80's sat in the middle of the gulf and sent double overhead+ death swell with hardly any bad weather because of its distance from Fla. .Sounds like B.S.?.....do some research,the news reported the seas report at....GET THIS...17 to38 feet,INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE!!!!!!!!

General

Not a consistant spot but its Floridas southern gulf coast.Its not Venice's north jetty,but when its up you need a pair at low tide

English (Translate this text in English): Not a consistant spot but its Floridas southern gulf coast.Its not Venice's north jetty,but when its up you need a pair at low tide

English (Translate this text in English): Not a consistant spot but its Floridas southern gulf coast.Its not Venice's north jetty,but when its up you need a pair at low tide

English (Translate this text in English): Not a consistant spot but its Floridas southern gulf coast.Its not Venice's north jetty,but when its up you need a pair at low tide

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By paul , 09-06-2009

new locals - yea to all those older guys from the 80's, there is a new group of kids out at BP and i'm one of them and dont worry we are taking good care of the place. i go out to blind pass on almost every swell, and it is super powerful.
the biggest i have ever seen it is about 6 foot during the hurricanes that came through in 08 and it's so good!
and i was wondering what these "dog bones" are?

By Anonymous , 07-04-2009

Aggro Locals - I still love this break, the only problem I've ever had there was during Gustav last year ('08). We had a ton of these rude and arrogant longboarders from Pompano beach come over to our backyard and they were snaking everyone, with the exception of one mellower older dude in the crew. I swiftly made it apparent that I was not going to stand still and get snaked by these unshaven yuppies, and when I dosed it back to them, there wasn't so much as a furrowed brow shot back at me, as they knew they had overstepped there boundaries in an unfamiliar place far from their highrises.

By russ , 04-01-2009

help a limey - hi,

can anyone help...?

me and my girlfriend are looking to stay in sanibel/captiva this march.

living in london i don't get the chance to surf that often so having discovered there is a possibility in sanibel i'm feeling pretty happy about ...i doubt my girlfriend will be quite as happy when she finds out.

what i need help with is:

Can anyone recommend an area of either sanibel or captiva to stay at that would be a good location for a beach that is surfable ?

Also, Can anyone recommend a surf shop that would hire boards ?

Would be great if someone could give me some inside knowledge it will be much appreciated

peace

russ

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