Surf Locations

We are trying to work our way around as many surf breaks/beaches as we can. All of these locations have been harvested from online resources (maps, urls, pdfs and newsletters).

Exceptions to the above

Any break/beach name labelled with an * has not been photographed yet.

Any break/beach name labelled with an ** has been sourced from word of mouth, and as of yet, has not been confirmed through any online digital resources.

Boranup
Conto’s Beach*Conto Springs*
Cape Naturaliste
Other Side of the Moon*Windmills*
Ellensbrook (Yebble)
Ellensbrook*The Womb*
Gnarabup
Grunters
Gas Bay
Gnarabup Lookout – “Cyrils“**
Gracetown
Lefthanders
Cobblestones
South Point
Huzzas*
North Point

Prevelly
Bombie
Surfer’s Point
Southside
Mainbreak
Fraggle Rock
Rivermouth
The Box
Redgate
Redgate Beach
Yallingup
Smith’s Beach
Smith’s Reef
Main Break
Rabbits
Shallows*
Wilyabrup
Honeycombes*Moses Rock*

Boranup

Conto’s Beach

  • The basics: Left-hander peeling over sand and reef.
  • Swell: S-SW swell best around 5 to 8ft, SE wind.
  • Tide: All tides.
  • A great wave set in a stunning, secluded bay, Contos can be a friendly wave when it’s on the smaller side. Camp at Contos and explore the beach for a beautiful day in the water.

Conto Springs

  • The basics: Beach-break, right to left.
  • Swell: Starts working at 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
  • Tide: Low and mid tide.
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Cape Naturaliste

Other Side of the Moon

  • The basics: Other Side of the Moon is an exposed reef break that has dependable surf.
  • Swell: The best wind direction is from the east northeast.
  • Tide: Best around mid tide. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the west southwest.
  • Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. There is a left hand reef break. Often Crowded. Take care to avoid the rocks.
  • Dave also told me that he and Rex Cordingley from Cordingley Surfboards in Subiaco (mid 60s) and another unidentified surfer were looking for on a surf on a small day at Yalls and drove north towards Bunkers looking for a surf near Cape Naturaliste. The boys found a rough bush track at the back of the lighthouse and set off in bare feet with their heavy surfboards. While walking towards a surf break, Dave remarked that the track covered with limestone & rocks looked like the ‘other side of the moon’. After getting back to Margs where they were lodging, a chap there asked where they had surfed, and Rex told him the ‘Other Side of the Moon’. (external link to original article – new tab)

Windmills

  • The basics: Beach-break right and left.
  • Swell: North West, West, South West, South. Starts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
  • Tide: Mid tide
  • The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Best around mid tide. A fairly popular wave that can sometimes get crowded. Be careful of rocks and sharks.

Ellensbrook

Ellensbrook

  • The Basics
  • Swell
  • Tide

The Womb

  • The Basics
  • Swell
  • Tide

Gnarabup

Grunters

  • The basics: Steep, hollow, right-hander over reef.
  • Swell: W-SW swell 3-12 ft and E/NE winds.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • Yet another “beware of reefs, currents, crowds, sharks, and etc.” with an exhausting long paddle-out.

Gas Bay

  • The basics: Right-hander over shallow reef.
  • Swell: S-SW prime at 4-6ft and E winds.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • Some mornings, the beach break at Gas Bay can be synonymous with before school day care.
  • The reef break can hold up some size. The bigger it gets, the more square the barrels get.

Gnarabup Lookout – “Cyrils“** (stand at lookout, and look left to first break)

  • The basics: blah blah
  • Swell: blah blah
  • Tide: blah blah
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Gracetown

North Point

  • The basics: Right hander over shallow reef.
  • Swell: S-SW Swell. NE/E winds. Starts working from 5-8 ft depending on swell direction.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • This wave handles huge swell and can get very heavy. On a good day (8 ft+), it attracts professional surfers from all over Australia so beginners should check the other spots in Cowaramup Bay.
  • When small, North Point can be fun and advanced/intermediate friendly as long as you’re comfortable taking off in front of rocks.

South Point

  • The basics: Long, peeling left-hander over reef.
  • Swell: SW 8ft + and E/SE winds.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • South Point is a consistently fun wave for most abilities. Paddle out directly in front of the Huzza’s staircase for a ding-free way to get to the wave.
  • Otherwise, paddle out at the southern staircase for a shortcut, or over at the point if you’re especially talented (or an idiot).
  • South Point is sheltered from the prevailing SW winds, which makes it ideal for bigger winter storms.

Huzzas

  • The basics: An easy A-frame point break with mostly lefts and the occasional right.
  • Swell: S-SW swell at 6ft+. E winds. Breaks wide with moving points on huge days.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • Huzzas is a mellow, friendly wave that yields a double-edged sword.
  • Because it’s one of the best for learning, prepare to out paddle armies of grommets and beginner surfers.

Cobblestones

  • The basics: Left and right breaks over reef.
  • Swell: West, South West.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • Cobblestones in the Margaret River Area is an exposed reef break that has consistent surf and can work at any time of the year.
  • The best wind direction is from the east northeast.
  • Groundswells are more common than wind swells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest.
  • When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water.
  • Beware of rips, rocks and SHARKS.

Lefthanders

  • The basics: Reef-rocky with left breaks
  • Swell: West, South West
  • Tide: Starts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
  • After a long but worthy walk from the carpark you will initially reach Lefthanders, a relatively easy wave.
  • Lefthanders is a fairly consistent wave, with the break performing at its best at mid-high tide, with offshore easterly winds and swells coming from the west-southwest.

Prevelly

Surfer’s Point

  • The basics: Left and right-handers over reef.
  • Swell: SW swell at 3ft+ and E winds. Can handle up to 25ft.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • Of course, no guide would be complete without, Surfer’s Point in Margaret River, arguably the most iconic wave in WA.
  • The left tends to be friendlier than the right.
  • Paddle out is located a few steps north of the staircase where you’ll find an easy to spot keyhole. With strong currents and shallow reef, it is best to watch Surfer’s Point for a few minutes before heading out.
  • This wave is also a popular wind and kitesurfing spot for when the sea breeze kicks in.
  • It start working at 3-4 ft and holds up to over 20 ft which makes it a go-to spot for grommets and nutters alike.

Bombie

  • The basics: Left and right-handers over shallow reef. Experienced surfers only.
  • Swell: S-SW swells E/NE winds. 10-12ft+ and handles big waves.
  • Tide: Mid tide is best.
  • One of the biggest waves in the region, The Bombie is where surfers go to get a nice scrub between the ears during wipeouts.
  • The brave paddle out and you might spot a few surfers towing in.

Southside

  • The basics: Left and right-handers over reef.
  • Swell: SW-W swells at 4-10ft and E winds.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • Both left and right has a steep, unforgiving take off. However, the right is an overall easier wave. Left is long, hollow, and for experienced surfers only.

Mainbreak

  • The basics: Left and right-handers over reef.
  • Swell: SW swell at 3ft+ and E winds. Can handle up to 25ft.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • Of course, no guide would be complete without, Surfer’s Point in Margaret River, arguably the most iconic wave in WA. The left tends to be friendlier than the right. Paddle out is located a few steps north of the staircase where you’ll find an easy-to-spot keyhole.
  • With strong currents and shallow reef, it is best to watch Surfer’s Point for a few minutes before heading out. This wave is also a popular wind and kitesurfing spot for when the sea breeze kicks in. It starts working at 3-4 ft and holds up to over 20 ft which makes it a go-to spot for grommets and maniacs alike.

Fraggle Rock

  • The Basics
  • Swell
  • Tide

Rivermouth

  • The Basics: Rivermouth is a fairly exposed river break that has unreliable waves.
  • Swell: Groundswells more frequent than wind swells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The river breaks peel to the right.
  • Tide: The quality of the surf isn’t affected by the tide. Even when there are waves, it’s not likely to be crowded.
  • There is a sculptural quality to the Rivermouth landscape. This topography moves.
  • As the Margaret River level rises and falls with the movement of seasons and changes in the volumes of water flowing from the catchment some 60 kilometres up river, her banks expand and contract, shaping the surrounding sand banks and altering her course as she spills into the ocean at Rivermouth beach.
  • The river has a calm, brackish quality at odds with the wild, salt pound of waves dumping on the shore. It’s a contrast played out by the people who come here.
  • Young kids on boogie boards paddling the river. Young guns on short boards racing the wave face as it curls toward rock and shore.

The Box

  • The basics: Extremely heavy right-hander over shallow reef. Emphasis on the shallow.
  • Swell: S-SW swell. 8ft + and E winds.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • The Box can be seen to the right breaking a short distance out to sea. The Box, is that ‘Specialty Wave’ that’s intense and lurches up out of deep water to break on a shallow jagged reef.
  • It’s best on an easterly wind and when the Surf Pro is in town, it is used in conjunction with Mainbreak at Surfers Point.

Redgate

Redgate Beach

  • The basics: Generally friendly right and left-handers over sand.
  • Swell: S-SW swell E winds works at 4ft+.
  • Tide: All tides
  • A safe-haven for beginner and intermediate surfers.

Yallingup

Rabbits

  • The basics: Hollow right-hand wave over sandy reef.
  • Swell: Hollow right-hand wave over sandy reef.
  • Tide: All tides.
  • Rabbits is one of the local Yallingup hero, Taj Burrow’s, favourite wave.
  • When it’s good, the wave is very hollow, shallow, and fast.
  • Rabbits can be fun for mere mortals on a smaller day, but even then it’s still very heavy.
  • If for some reason Yallingup Main Break isn’t your thing, check out Rabbit Hill.

Main Break

  • The basics: Right and left-handers over reef. Can have a few shallow spots that you will have to navigate around.
  • Swell: S-SW swell. E/SE winds. Best 6ft+.
  • Tide: All tides
  • Yallingup Main Break is a good all around wave that is usually working in all conditions.
  • There’s not a really friendly way to paddle out – you will have to brave walking over shallow reef straight ahead from the staircase.
  • Though it can be friendly for beginners, always check for currents.
  • On a big day it’s better left to the experienced.

Smith’s Beach

  • The basics: Left-hander breaking over sandy reef. Be careful when paddling in or out, the reef is sharp and hidden under a thin layer of sand.
  • Swell: SW-W swell at 7ft+. SE winds.
  • Tide: Low to mid tide
  • This entire stretch of beach has a few spots to choose from.
  • Smith’s is a great spot for beginner/intermediate surfers when it’s small.
  • When it picks up in size you will understand why the two neighbouring spots are called Supertubes and Torpedo’s.
  • It’s possible to walk out on the wooden platform in the parking lot and scope which wave suits your fancy.

Smith’s Reef

  • The basics: blah blah
  • Swell: blah blah
  • Tide: blah blah
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Shallows

  • The basics: blah blah
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Wilyabrup

Honeycombes

  • The basics: Honeycombs is a fairly exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf.
  • Swell: The best wind direction is from the east.
  • Tide: Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the south southwest. Waves at the beach break both left and right.
  • Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Watch out for sharks.

Moses Rock

  • The basics: A long left over shallow reef. Can get heavy.
  • Swell: S-SW swells 2-8ft. E wind. A swell magnet, check here if nothing is breaking elsewhere.
  • Tide: Mid to high tide.
  • Moses Rock has a steep take off at the point and a friendly take off on the shoulder. The paddle out through the rocks can be tricky, especially on a bigger day.
  • Strong currents and rips can pick up very quickly so take note of changing conditions. Reef booties recommended.
  • Fortunately, it’s a swell magnet that works when everywhere else is flat.
  • If you’re very lucky, the local pod of dolphins surf the waves right next to you! Beware of cheeky drop-ins!
  • Friendlier neighbour to spots like The Gallows and The Guillotine.