Strickland Bay (Rottnest Island)

Strickland Bay (Rottnest Island)

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STRICKLAND BAY - WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Rottnest Island is located a little over ten miles offshore from Perth and is about eight miles long and around three miles wide, Rottnest benefits from powerful long interval  groundswells that arrive from the South and Southwest.

The most popular break on the island is Strickland Bay on the west side of the island. A short rippable right-hand wave and a longer left that does barrel. It is a consistent world-class wave and breaks over coral reef. Only one of a dozen fantastic waves on an island.

The island is administered by the WA state government who created an agency specifically for dealing with the island. Accommodation during school holidays is allocated by ballot. Doesn't matter if rich or poor, your name goes into a ballot and if you win you get to stay.

Cars are restricted on the island and tourists have pushbikes only. A couple of buses go around the island a few times a day.

BEST CONDITIONS

SWELL: SW
SIZE: 4 - 6ft
WIND: NE - SE
TIDE: all tides except dead low

BOTTOM: reef
ABILITY LEVEL: intermediate - advanced
BRING YOUR: shortboard, semi-gun for the bigger days
BEST SEASON: all year round
ACCESS: bus or ride bike from Thompson Bay
CROWD FACTOR: weekend crowd
LOCAL VIBE: friendlier locals when less crowded

NEARBY SURF BREAKS

Warroora Station
Tombstones
The Bluff
Blow Holes
Jake's Point
Abrolhos Islands
Trigg Point
Scarborough
Cottesloe
Cables
Strickland Bay/Rottnest Island

 

 

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