Evans Head tends to get by-passed as it is a detour off the Pacific Highway. The breakwall at the rivermouth has its days with some rights protected from the S winds, but it doesn't break with the power or shape of the Ballina 'Walls'. The curious might find better shape over the backbeach called Chinamans and a rarity of a right point breaking off Snapper Rocks (NSW). This knob of a headland was spotted by Captain Cook on his travels (then named after him) and also sports a left in certain conditions before stretching for 30kms down the long, lonely expanse of beach to Woody Head and Yamba.

Gets crowded when the population triples in summer and holiday-makers hit the water. The flags often take out the best peak closest to the wall leaving scattered groups on the peaks up the beach. Again this is really sharky around here and over the back at Snapper Rocks where large noahs are regular visitors.

  • All Tides
  • Right off a Pier, Groyne or Jetty
  • Sand
  • NE - SE
  • South Westerly
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