About Margaret River

A couple of lefts here during a solid six to eight-foot swell will be burnished on your brain for decades. Paddling with the pack towards an incoming set and realizing that you are best-positioned to spin and take off is one of the most amazing feelings you will ever have as a surfer. The drop looks heavy and the wall looks long, but cast your doubts aside and go. At this size, the wave gives you an extra moment or two before it pitches, by which time you will be at the bottom, lining up one of the smoothest, fastest turns you will ever do along a solid face, even when it's onshore. If you're lucky, you'll follow this with a pit through the inside section. As for the righthander, one look at it from the car park will tell you all you need to known: don't ride too close to the dry reef on the inside. If there's a set behind when you pull out, you're in trouble. Ending a session here is fun, too. Keep cutting back into the whitewater, and you can ride along the edge of the reef for a couple of hundred meters, doing the little hotdog turns the waves outside wouldn't let you.

Source: Margaret River Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

Advanced

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

You earn your stripes at a place like this. Watch and learn from those who've spent years getting it wired. If you find yourself in the right position to take a set wave and show no fear, that humility and respect might just come back your way when you paddle back out.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Always crowded when it's good.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

One of the premier waves in the region that can perform on small to large days with good rights and lefts.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

There's a lot of paddling going on, and you need plenty in the tank if a rogue set threatens to mow you down.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Pristine.

Additional Information

Hazards

Sharks, reef.

Access

Panoramic car park on headland.

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun

Seabed

Rock reef

Best Season

Winter is strongest, but can get surf year-round.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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