Shipstern Bluff is regarded as one of the wildest and most dangerous surf locations, thanks to waves of up to 30 feet (10 meters), equivalent to a four-story building.
One of the most challenging surf breaks in the world, Shipstern Bluff was first surfed in the early 2000s with triple-overhead waves up to 20 feet (6 meters) commonplace.
The most notable characteristic of “Shippies” is when a wave within a wave is created due to the shape of the reef bottom, causing several steps to emerge.
The rest of the wave is a fast-paced barrel of up to 50 km/h – the weight in volume of water equivalent to 15 semi-trailers – making it a violent hold down.
Shipstern Bluff is also welcoming to sea life, such as seals, orcas, and great white sharks with several sightings over the years, adding to the fear factor of this chilling coastline.
“Surfing a wave like Shipstern Bluff gives a sense of satisfaction and relief,” says three-time world champion, Mick Fanning.
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