Witsands

Scarborough, South Africa

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Windsurfing - Waves

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Windsurf:

Park at the top of the cliff and walk down to rig up. It’s a sandy bay where the waves and the winds always look smaller than they actually are. A crayfish factory lies to the right pumping out fishy stuff for the sharkies.

Beach faces: SW
Best wind direction: In a SE it is cross-onshore with really good jumping. Most sailors go here in a NW were it can be cross-offshore to very offshore. 
Worst wind direction: All others.
Tide: Low tide is best, high tide is too sheltered from the cliff and the waves get messy.
What’s on the bottom?: Sand.
Any hazards: Heavy shorebreak and very dumpy all the time. A few rocks down wind and one rock in the middle of the bay. If it blows a proper South Easter, it can be too windy to sail.
Other water users: Mainly windsurfers, surfers if the wind is light.
Suitability/levels:
 Advanced to expert.
Wipeout factor: Pretty high if you get caught in a dumping wave but you should make it back to a sandy beach unless you wipe out too far to the left. Then it's rock time!

Surfing:

This spot is everything the Factory isn't, even though it's only a few hundred metres away. Featuring shifty sand-bottomed peaks, with rips and channels all over the place, Witsands is the last resort if your surf mission has failed to deliver. However, even when it's cooking you might land up at Witsands, albeit via a different medium. It's your likely destination if you have fall victim to the Factory's habit of sending you packing in a rip that tears across the bay during a huge swell. There are many good peaks here though and often few crowds, even when the factory (Crayfish factory) is packed.

edited by Torben 15.05.10


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