Sunset Beach is one of the world's greatest and most challenging waves. It can handle a huge variety of conditions and is still one of the great proving grounds for the world's best surfers. Sunset breaks over a series of broad lava fingers that slope gradually out to sea and are responsible for the iconic peaky shape. Sunset is home to three sections that break on different swells, The Point, Main Reef and Backyards.
The Point generally breaks up to six feet in wedgey peaks that can reform when they hit the inside reef. This is usually the pick on smaller days.
The Main Reef starts to break properly at the six to eight foot mark. It can hold up to fifteen feet in perfect Northwest swell conditions. Sunset is unpredictable in its nature. It can offer anything from sectioning walls running into inside barrels to large peaky waves with critical take-offs and big open pockets.
Backyards is a good option when the main peak is too crowded. It breaks over a platform of lava rock that can produce excellent left and right peaks. Although it gets a bit shifty on bigger days.
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