About Smiths Beach

This is the southwest coast's original ledge, a left and a right. Back when the region was known for its long, walling waves like Margaret's and Yallingup, surfers looking to avoid the crowds started pushing their boards over this shelf at high tide and reaping the rewards with high-speed top turns, barrels or just a fast, smooth slingshot across the dredging reef. That's because there's a sweet spot in the reef that gives a good surfer an early drop into the wave before the whole thing jacks up. It's not deep enough to be a backdoor, but it can set you on an amazing line. It's okay on low tide if it's less than three-feet, any bigger and you'll have to wait for the incoming. The bank next to the reef rarely disappoints. Once you clear the spooky, dark shallows over the reef and hit the clear, emerald green of the sandy channel, you'll be so stoked that you're likely to throw down a big hack, just to celebrate. And the closing section on the inside offers big hits to anyone prepared to do a couple of duck-dives to get back out.

Source: Smiths Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Intermediate to advanced

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Until the local council starts flogging the surrounding bush in quarter-acre blocks, nobody's claiming local status here.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Any more than 15 is a crowd. You can get lucky on a weekday and score it to yourself.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Good to average.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

The only stress on your arms is the quick bursts you need to catch the damn thing. Otherwise, you're just paddling around with a big grin on your dial.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Pristine.

Additional Information

Hazards

Sharks, reef.

Access

From Smiths car park, at Canal Rocks. If it's a sunny day, don't suit up in the car park. Stroll down in your boardies, take some water and grits, and hang there for a while. This place is so fickle that you'll wanna just hang on the limestone rocks, shooting the breeze and waiting for the conditions to come together.

Bring Your

Shortboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Rock reef

Best Season

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

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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