The Surf Breaks


CHRISTIES BEACH

Home to Christies Beach SLSC. It is a long white sand beach that has 2 main beach breaks.

500m or more out to sea is reef that can produce a long right hand wave.


Y STEPS

A beach break is a fun right-hander that is fast and hollow at times.


HORSESHOE REEF

The 500m+ paddle out means that this spot never gets crowded yet on its day the waves can

be long and fun.


DUMPERS

First known as the Pipe because of a storm-water outlet nearby this beachie comes to life in

strong SW and even NW winds. It can become crowded and is exciting to watch when the fast,

jacked up peaks entice the locals to show their stuff.


PORT NOARLUNGA BEACH

Home to Port Noarlunga SLSC and Port Noarlunga Aquatics Centre (SA Education Dept.)

where school children are taught knowledge and skills of surfing and other aquatic pursuits.


SOUTH PORT BEACH

Reached via a glorious beach walk from Port Noarlunga beach or via a footbridge across the

Onkaparinga River. South Port SLSC sits in the dunes overlooking the beach breaks.


THE HUMP

A quality left hander that forms over a sand bar to the south end of Noarlunga Reef. In prime

conditions it is a large fast well shaped wave with long rides.


SOUTH PORT BEACHIES

Small swells, on a lower tide produce nice peelers on sand bars with useful deeper gutters and

rips in between. Here many surf lessons are held due to the number of breaks and the sandy

bottom.


RIVER MOUTH

The Onkaparinga river enters the sea at the southern end of South Port beach and often a sand

bar forms here which produces both left ( the longest ) and right hand waves.

Sometimes waves can continue some way up the river.


RINCON

A reef break close to the river mouth and to the adjacent cliffs with rights and lefts but usually

shortish rides. A protected spot in Southerly winds.


SNAKES

Also know as Frenchman’s on some maps. Named after David ‘Snake’ Ferrett, longstanding

member of the South Port Surf Club and early boardrider. Some consider this a secret spot but

not much goes unnoticed on the Mid. If breaks are further from

access points they might be less crowded on busy days. This lefthander is almost a small point

break that wraps around a reef ledge popular for fishing .


TRIGGS 1 & 2.

These 2 breaks are named because of the Trig Point located on the cliff top, which surfers use

as a landmark. The reef breaks produce fun right hand waves especially during big swells which

are popular with short boarders.


U – TURNS

In the 50s and 60s this break was know as “Horse Shoes” because of the shape it forms as it

wraps around the crescent shaped reef. This later morphed into “U-turns” as the wave has a

tendency to change directions as you ride it. It has a predominant left hander but also a right

that works best on large swells Lately this break has become a haven for SUPs who can share

the rights and lefts.


SECRETS

It has many names and is not surfed a lot given its distance from the ramps that are spread out

along the cliff and does not always work.


ANZAC’S

Reef break works well on highish tide and with large swell. Both rights and lefts to be had at this

usually less crowded spot.

A very slight change in swell direction can mean that ANZAC’s picks up better waves,

especially if the swell hitting the Cape du Couedic buoy, near Kangaroo Island, is big enough.


IN-BETWEENS

A softer inconsistent wave that is used by learners or those escaping the crowded adjacent

breaks.


3 POLES

Another reef break close to Seaford and accessed by one of the few paths down the cliff. This

can be malibu heaven with a dominant right hander and a fast left hander when conditions are

right. Often small swells will hit here and no-where else.

Named when boats used to inhabit the dug out boat sheds in the cliff in the 1950s. First surfers

saw 3 metal poles embedded in the protruding piece of reef (later referred to as

“skeg” rock for obvious reasons). The poles were used to mark out the rocks for the fishermen

in their boats and to tie up to on calm days.


SEAFORD (THE BOWL)

Probably the most renown and popular of breaks on the mid and the one that had status in the

early days. Only the initiated got to surf there. Ruled 50 years ago, by clubs like Seaview Road

Boardriders (still running) and City Bay. It is a reef break

that produces long right hand waves with 3 sections. It has a bowl-y section on the inside that

has it also nicknamed “the Bowl”. It is one of the best spots on this coast in stormy conditions

due to the bay being tucked a little further into the cliff giving some protection the howling

Southwest winds.

Seaford has been the training ground for many of our best.


SEAFORD REEF

The long paddle out is well worth it when this excellent lefthander is working. The shape &

length of ride is great and the crowds can be less.


FRED NERKS

Named after Fred, a council town clerk in the 50’s who loved this shallow reef break. It has lefts

and rights which come into their own on a higher tide and big swell. Short boarders like the fast

barreling section in the right conditions.


THE TROUGH

Named after the cattle trough that sat on the cliff above the break when the only way to the mid

was through the farmer’s land and a dirt or mud track along the cliff top. This left hand reef was

surfed mostly by the early longboarders.


NORTH MOANA

These are all reef breaks. Names vary according to who surfs here. Early surfers used names

like Glasshouses, the Pole and North Mo-ies.


MOANA

Moana Beach was settled in the 1800’s and rapidly became a holiday and weekend destination

for Adelaide beach loving public who could catch the train and walk the last mile or two.

After the Duke’s famous arrival in Australia, Moana became the first place for the newly initiated

to practice their skill on craft of all shapes and sizes. The Moana SLSC has a board supposedly

shaped by the Duke, on one of his visits, and given to an early member of the Moana SLSC.

The beach breaks depend on the changing sandbars and tides but provide an excellent

spot for learning to surf. Many Surf Schools use the beach along with the crowds for this

purpose.