RS's photo of Wijk Aan Zee/Noordpier

Factory sunrise.

Average rating of 4.24 from 54 votes

Wijk Aan Zee/Noordpier

Spot Location: Netherlands + Belgium > Netherlands > Wijk Aan Zee/Noordpier

Date Taken: 29th October 2008. 12010 page views since 3rd November 2008.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
1.4ft 16s 201.79° 2.5ft 12s 4.5ft 10s 2
Sunny 42°f
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RS Jan 4, 2011 Rating: 1


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catje Jul 19, 2010 Rating: 1

Funny to read. I love Wijk too... regardless of one of the biggest steelfactories in the world. Note: The Netherlands treats all sewer water including industrial wastewater tertiary. Not like so many countries in the world where sewer-water floods raw into your surfspot! Looks can be deceiving...The Northsea is cleaner then the Mediterranean. So no two-headed sharks. Just some seals, seaguls and lots of alien seashells (brought in from the US)...and yes an alien view!

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pippu Nov 29, 2011 Rating: 1

Ah, yes, the Dutch clean their water before letting it to the sea. However they practically don't do any recycling and they burn all their thrash together, generating toxic smoke which eventually affects the sea as well.

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pippu Nov 29, 2011 Rating: 1

This story of the north sea being cleaner than the mediterranean sea is a fairytale told to all young Dutch who still believe it when they grow up, just like their canals being so clean you can drink from them... I agree one surfs where he can, and in the end I feel lucky to be able to surf in NL. However the North Sea water sucks, it is dirty, brown (not from sand and innoquous seaweed, as they believe) and very polluted. Just have a look to where all these oil platforms, wrecked oil tanks and last but not least all those nuclear plants are. Being proud of your land is ok, being a fool is not.

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Dutchwatercrew Jan 19, 2009 Rating: 3

Holland isn't always great, we make the best of it. Anyway when your in the water your looking at the horizon, and she's beautifull. Everybody is enjoying his own wave on his own spot. I love my spot, I love Wijk. greetz fatty, team riobeninen.

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ozz dov ina Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 3

I go up da road a few k's and there's nothing like the corus plant,lekker sand dunes and no line up. A nice place all round,be out there again soon.

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M44rt3n Dec 4, 2008 Rating: 6

About the industrial plant behind the dunes. It is a place were Corus makes steel, so no big chemical things going on overthere. The combination of a 'relative' good surfing spot in a scenic landscape with suddenly a big industrial complex in the background gives it a surrealistic feel. Maybe it is a aquired taste.... When there is swell this place is crowded with locals and Amsterdam crowds.

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bro Nov 22, 2008 Rating: 6

I think it`s a great pic, because being out there would propably freezing your nuts away...we all have to realize that we are living from the industry so we live with that or we stop wasting energy in the internet...

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surfinnonstop Nov 20, 2008 Rating: -2

this is probably the most horrible photo ive ever seen

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Seashell Nov 10, 2008 Rating: 3

Even if that is steam, it's just plain ugly... Beautiful backdrop my eyeball... I can't even begin to understand that... would you not rather surf unspoilt deserted beaches??!

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Wasta Nov 10, 2008 Rating: 4

k-mart, how in hell is that a "sweet backdrop". Makes me so upset to see beautiful places ruined like this...

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Anoukster Nov 10, 2008 Rating: 1

Oops, sorry.. Forgot to say this actually IS een great photo though!!

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Anoukster Nov 10, 2008 Rating: 3

Why would somebody want to surf overthere? It's not like this is the only good spot in The Netherlands. I'd rather not get cancer while surfing!!

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k-mart14 Nov 9, 2008 Rating: 1

Sweet backdrop. I'd love to surf there on a good day.

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SU-Prod-Morocco Nov 9, 2008 Rating: 2

surfsurge... i don't think this photo is gonna lure anybody...

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David Leverington Nov 9, 2008 Rating: 3

A sad site to see! Help South African Surfers to stop this happening in one of the world best surf destination. Click ion the link to find out more.http://livethelife.tv/online-petition-supertubes-surfing-foundation/

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surfsurge Nov 9, 2008 Rating: 0

It's so great to see how the international surf community reckognises Holland as surfing nation with great potential. I do hope these foto's won't lure in the crowds though...

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ben8626 Nov 9, 2008 Rating: 1

beautiful. lets hope this plague we call humanity has enough energy to smoke this planet out of existence ^_^

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Didier Nov 9, 2008 Rating: 4

yeah that is just steam, you cant see the really tall thin ones the sulphur come out of! It is just like surfing off hartlepool and lookin down to redcar steel works!! how i miss it!

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Mike Pearson Nov 8, 2008 Rating: 7

If I'm right, it's not as bad as it looks, most of that 'smoke' is actually completely harmless water vapour (steam). Though got to agree, it does look pretty awful!

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BLatimer Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 4

Photography wise: Its a pretty cool pic. But from my standpoint i am super disappointed from it. I think this pic should be used by Surf-rider Foundation to show the reality in our Eco-Problem.

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mozza Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 2

i hope these guys are wearing masks, just can't figure out how they can carry the oxygen tank ..?? Sad photo! i can imagine all that waste ending up in the ocean. a real proof of real love to the sport/lifestyle.

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traboys Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 1

I Feel Sick. This Photo Is Disgusting

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Seashell Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 3

That's horrible....and really upsetting.

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goofybwoiii123 Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 5

that's buzzzid

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Bio Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 1

Yeah.. it kinda makes me little sad too..

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BLatimer Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 5

This is actually a really sad picture...

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hughjarce Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 3

Dutch courage required?

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harveywallbanger Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 0

reef rat, good comment, you win this pic

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mg Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 1

Twinned with Chernobyl

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bosbeheer Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 0

nee wat dis nie vir my die nie...julle hollanders moet Zuid-afrika to kom.hier is nou vir julle branders...en mooi agtergrond...

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Jack Glick Nov 7, 2008 Rating: 6

beautiful colours and picture, just can't imagine surfing there...looks a little choppy too

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The Swindler Nov 6, 2008 Rating: 1

Having checked the surf here a few times, the waves are as shit as the backdrop, and the carpark full of German campervans, avoid....

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Super Gu Nov 6, 2008 Rating: 6

Twinned with Port Talbot.

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spookrider Nov 6, 2008 Rating: 3

ah isn't surfing just great for enjoying nature in its purest form.

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Boobs n Tubes Nov 6, 2008 Rating: 4

If this place was pumping, I'd gladly grow a third nut while surfing it.

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she with me and i m a kook Nov 6, 2008 Rating: 2

Thedsone: you better keep that hush hush buddy, or your countrymen will come a free the Dutch from Belgian opression. :-)

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Thedsone Nov 6, 2008 Rating: 1

Thats not water they're surfing on that's oil!

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CML Nov 6, 2008 Rating: 3

they better watch out!!! theres probably a bunch of two headed sharks out there.

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johnnyav13 Nov 6, 2008 Rating: 4


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surfffish18 Nov 6, 2008 Rating: 2

can u say three headed catfish :)

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Rito Nov 5, 2008 Rating: 0

That's awful! I'm so sad for you guys... Is the water good quality there?

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Squammy1220 Nov 5, 2008 Rating: 4

Oh, the places we go to get waves.

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surfinnonstop Nov 5, 2008 Rating: 1

looks like a poor surfing spot

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Kiwi John Nov 5, 2008 Rating: -1

Ghengis, you need to go even further north mate, Northumberland Coast is the future!

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timpebe Nov 5, 2008 Rating: 6

That is a Corus steelplant. Produces mainly stripproducts. When it smells of sulfur in the line-up it is good news: offshore.

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Ghengis_the_shed Nov 5, 2008 Rating: 2

It's the Corus steelworks right?

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Ghengis_the_shed Nov 5, 2008 Rating: 0

That, my friend, is a cracking shot - reminds me of the NE of England.

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reef rat Nov 5, 2008 Rating: 9

you would probably glow in the dark after surfing there

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westmonster Nov 5, 2008 Rating: 2

What kind of a factory is that?

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Ric Weeks Nov 5, 2008 Rating: 3

Looks like Beijing or some other Modern Day Industrial Revolutionary site