Waitpinga surf spot

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Waitpinga in Adelaide is an exposed beach and reef break that has fairly consistent surf and can work at any time of the year. Clean groundswells prevail and the best swell direction is from the south southwest. Offshore winds are from the north northeast. Waves at the beach are both lefts and rights as well as left and right hand reef breaks. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Beware of rocks, rips and sharks.

Waitpinga SURF ACCESS

GPS:
-35.6346, 138.49  
Distance:
Day trip  
Walk:
Instant access (< 5min)  
Easy to find?:
Easy to find  
Public access?:
Public access  
Special access?:
Don't know  

Out of Victor past the bluff. Take the turn off to Waits.


Waitpinga Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave quality:
Regional Classic  
Experience:
Experienced surfers  
Frequency:
Regular  

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell direction:
SouthWest, South  
Good wind direction:
North, NorthEast  
Best tide position:
Low and mid tide  
Best tide movement:
Rising and falling tides  

Wave

Wave Type:
Beach-break  
Direction:
Right and left  
Bottom:
Sandy  
Power:
Powerful  
Normal length:
Normal (50 to 150m)  
Good day length:
Normal (50 to 150m)  
Starts working at:
Less than 1m / 3ft  
Holds up to:
2m+ / 6ft+  

More details

Week crowd:
Few surfers  
Week-end crowd:
Few surfers  

Dangers

Rips / undertow, Localism, Sharks  

Waitpinga SURF PHOTOS

Waitpinga SURF FORECAST


Waitpinga SURF INFORMATION AND TIPS

If swell action is close to zero, the final option is Waitpinga, which means ‘windy place? in the aboriginal language. This beach can be seriously hollow, throwing up epic A-frames that barrel then wall into the many gutters and rips along it’s length. Trouble is, it needs offshore or glassy conditions and just the right amount of swell to make it possible to get out the back, so 10ft faces is about the max. Inconsistent and often a blown-out mess.

Possibly one of the sharkiest breaks in SA as white pointers and bronze whalers breed down the western end near the fickle righthand point and it is even worse around at Parsons Beach. There have been fatal attacks on surfers here and sightings of big ones is common. Avoid the early and solo missions.


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