Perfect long lefts and shorter rights stalk the semi-permanent sandbank at the mouth of the Narrabeen Lakes, creating one of Sydney's most iconic and reliable waves. The Alley is basically a rivermouth set-up when they bulldoze the sand from the lake entrance and while the rights can be messier and rippy, they still pack plenty of punch. The majestic lefts are just waiting for a NE-E groundswell, NW-NE winds and lower tides to light up the line-up as barrels spin from tip to tail of the triangulated bank down towards the Carpark Rights section. Here the wave changes into a thick, heaving peak that demands skill to avoid the shut-downs and slams on the shallow sandbar.
To say North Narra gets ultra crowded and competitive is an understatement, especially when you consider the crew that call it home. From old-timers Terry Fitzgerald, Mark Warren, Simon Anderson, Bruce Raymond and World Champ Damien Hardman, to the latest crop of pros like Hedgey, Davo and fly-boy Ozzie Wright. Then there is a whole strata of underground rippers who don't want to see you catch any of their waves if they can help it. Expect snaking, abuse and drop-ins, but don't try it on yourself! A walk south can turn up empty, lower quality options.