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Waves


Waves

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Waves


Waves

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Whether you’re a surfer or not, you will fall in love with the island lifestyle, people, and the waves. An island caught in a bygone era, King Island has hosted many of the world’s top surfers looking to get away from the crowds and catch a few of the islands amazing waves on the way.

Navigating

Navigating the island can be difficult when searching for many of the best surf breaks. Having local knowledge is critical in accessing many of these waves, mostly through private farm land and the many 4WD tracks on the island.

Before your group departs from Barwon Heads airport we'll spend 10 minutes to scope out the conditions for your up-coming trip, and help direct you where to find the best surf given the conditions - We also provide you with a map to help find those more difficult spots. We don't giveaway all the secret spots though... after-all what's a surf safari if there's no adventure and thrill of finding you're own waves.

Seasons

Winds in Summer generally prevail from the south-east which opens up most of the west coast of the island to surfing. Beaches like British Admirals, Porkys, and Phoques Bay are all often fantastic surfing during these months, with water temperates reaching up to 20 degrees.

Winter sees a shift with the prevailing winds coming often from the west to south-west. Martha Lavinia and around Red Hut area are the favoured spots to find some great waves usually at this time of year. Water temps get down to around 12 degrees - so 4/3 wetsuits and booties are the go!

Though no matter when you visit King Island, because it's an island the wind is always off-shore somewhere and there is nearly always swell.

* Use map as guide only.

* Use map as guide only.

Popular surfing spots

Phoques Bay, on the north west coast. Offshore in any wind with east in it. Best at low to mid tide. Any swell over 1.5m creates a perfect wave for the beginner to the hell man!

Martha Lavinia, on the north east coast. Offshore on a south westerly. Best on low tide with anything over a two metre swell. This surf break has been voted by Surfing Life Magazine as one of the top ten waves in the world. A stunning sandy beach on this island paradise.

Martha Lavinia Beach. © Photo: theversatilegent.com

Martha Lavinia Beach. © Photo: theversatilegent.com

North Phoques Beach.

North Phoques Beach.

British Admiral Beach, is Currie's closest surfing beach. It is a long, sweeping beach with curves of sand backed by dunes, with good surfing at the southern end. Breaks on any wind with east in it and any swell, rarely flat. 

Red Hut Road, leads to the stunning Colliers Beach and Seal Bay on the south of the Island. Offshore in west to northerly winds and a "U" shaped beach helps find a protected corner.

Colliers Beach. Photo credit: Erebus Wetsuits

Colliers Beach. Photo credit: Erebus Wetsuits

British Admiral Beach. © Photo: Stu Gibson

British Admiral Beach. © Photo: Stu Gibson

Porky Beach, behind the Cheese Factory, just north of Currie. Off-shore, any wind with east in it. Will break in the smallest of swell up to 2m.

Disappointment Bay, don’t let the name fool you. A fun intermediate / beginners wave. North of the island & offshore in a south wind. Best on low tide in a 2 metre or bigger swell.

Of course for those of you that put in the effort, lock in the 4WD and take the time to explore this beautiful island you might be lucky enough to discover a few secret spots;)


Surfing Etiquette

As when visiting any place, please be respectful the local surfing community and the environment you are in. 

There are many waves on the island to surf, so never crowd a wave. If there are already people on a spot surfing, move up or down the beach to another wave. Most of the time it will only be you and your friends in the water, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding a wave all to yourselves. 

The KI people are some of the most friendly and welcoming people around, and will happily help or give you advice on where to surf or anything else you are after. 

Be respectful, and you will be respected back.