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Jakes Spot Guide

Stormrider Guide

Only 3kms (2mi) S of Kalbarri town is a pure gem of Indian Ocean power called Jakes, a kegging left point that breaks along a gnarly shelf for 200m+. This place was created to accurately depict the term 'elevator drop' as the wave goes sickeningly square over the reef that is barely covered and dry reef often protrudes a few meters in front of the lip explosion. Corrugations in the face or double lips are a possibility at low tide right on the diminutive take-off spot. The barrel immediately starts grinding down the point, wrapping slightly into the bay but rarely letting up for too much in the way of turns as down-the-line speed is imperative. Too much W in the swell will render it unmakeable while mid tides increase the safety factor - marginally.

There are plenty of talented local crew around to take up the few seats in the waiting area, so visitors will need to be very sure of their skills and very patient as they wait for scraps on the shoulder or a bit further inside. Jumping off the shelf is a game of roulette - eventually you are going to lose as the swirling currents and powerful whitewash take their toll. Get a set bomb and the paddle back out is long against the sweep. Tucked into the bay is Little Jakes and a right that keep the groms and intermediates entertained.

  • Low to Mid Tide
  • Left-hand break over submerged reef
  • Sand
  • S - W
  • South Easterly
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