G-Land Spot Guide

G-Land Guide

About G-Land

All arrivals for the G-Land surf camps hit the beach north of the point, allowing expectant newbies their first glimpse of the unfurling barrels from a side-on perspective. Not until you stand on the reef looking front-on does the scale of the wave become apparent. Furthest out to the far left is Kong’s, which is often the messiest section of the reef, peaking up in a slightly haphazard way and capable of more shiftiness. West swell will see it slab and barrel while S will wall and shoulder more. It is the call when swell drops below headhigh (very rare) and the extra water depth makes it less sketchy than other sections. Still has enough power to snap boards on the smallest days, it’s hard to stay lined-up and it’s a long walk or endless paddle.Money Trees is the default setting for most G-Land sessions, attracting the bulk of the campers to what looks like perfect peeling barrels for 2-300m. Depending on the tide and swell direction, the tubes can undulate from cavernous pits to tight, high envelopes and getting caught behind is guaranteed, so time any cutbacks carefully. Getting in early and at the right spot is essential and shoulder hopping is often punished, so fight the urge to spin and go and keep paddling. It’s shallow at low, prompting many to wear helmets and there are a couple of holes in the featureless reef that ease the entry/exit scramble between sets. Money Trees gets better at size and is probably ideal at 12ft faces, but will handle up to triple overhead. Launching Pad is the least defined section because it only really appears on moderate to heavy swells and is rarely in the mood to transport surfers between Money’s and Speedies. Wider rogue sets will hit the patch of reef beyond the normal whitewash line and look like tapering into nothing, but as the name suggests, it suddenly jumps up again and starts the pedal-to-the-metal section known as Speed Reef. Undoubtedly the champagne ride of them all, Speedies requires all the skills in spades. Just making the drop is an achievement, while drawing the right line and maintaining velocity are crucial as it doesn’t let up or offer an easy escape for 200m of precision peeling. The reef whizzes by in clear menace, and is the sharpest, shallowest patch so surf it on the push from quarter tide.

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  • Stormrider Guide for G-Land
  • All Tides All Tides
  • Left-hand break over submerged reef Left-hand break over submerged reef
  • Sand Sand
  • S - W S - W
  • Easterly Easterly
  • 18 2 Swell Range 2 - 18ft

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview