Manly Surf Spots
Manly is one of Sydney's best destinations for surfers of all levels with a variety of breaks at the 3km beach from Shelly Beach and South Steyne at the Southern end through to Queenscliff at the North end. This stretch is where you will find most people surfing a variety of beach breaks. Level is dependent on swell size, direction and sand banks.
The Queenscliff end usually receives more of the Southerly swell and has bigger waves. There are usually good beach breaks here with spread out peaks. At the very Northern end, a left can form off the rocks with a fast steep takeoff into a somewhat short lived ride. On huge swells, you will see start to see the elusive Bombie about 1km out from Queenscliff.
Right in front of the North Steyne Surf Lifesaving Club there is usually a permanent rip and consistent beach breaks.
Most beginners tend to stay around South Steyne area as the waves are usually smaller and they don’t tend to wander to far from the corso. In very big swells, right handers can form at the point in front of the South Steyne club house.
Fairy Bower & Winkipop
In the right conditions with a large swell, Fairy Bower is the wave at the tip of the headland. One of the best waves in Manly, the Bower is a quality right hander which peels for a long distance losing steam as it goes into the channel. Crowded when it’s working. Further out is Winkipop which requires a steep take off in front of the rock shelf and a fast hollow ride. Good surfers can connect the two waves if they don’t get dropped in on. Access is via semi long paddle from Shelley Beach or Halfway beach. When the swell is huge and Manly is closed out, the point break morphs into a steep barrelling ride of your life.
On the other side of the headland is Deadmans - Manly’s own big wave spot. In absolutely huge swells this board breaking monster starts to spew barrels daring the bravest of chargers from all over Sydney. A steep takeoff into a barrel with a sneaky ledge that threatens to pitch you into the chasm. Blow it and you might get dragged along the reef. Make the wave and earn the adulations of the crowd sitting up on the cliff face.