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RE: Can you surf on the Isles of Scilly?« Reply #1 on: May 05 2006 23:05:00 »
Vicky, Yes you can surf Hell Bay. I have had fun waves waves there, however like all the breaks I've surfed in the Scillys the quality of the wave varies on the swell direction and strength & direction of the wind.
RE: Can you surf on the Isles of Scilly?« Reply #2 on: July 10 2006 06:07:00 »
Is it possible to hire a board over there or do I need to take one?
RE: Can you surf on the Isles of Scilly?« Reply #3 on: July 20 2006 07:07:00 »
yes there is surf on the scillies but it can be fickle. the most consistent breaks are on tresco (golden ball reef - wow), and St Agnes . these islands pick up most of the westerly swell, and can be huge. the other islands are somewhat sheltered from the prevailing swells, but st marys has several breaks that work: newman - under star castle hotel, holds 3-4ft westerly swell mid-tide, short rides. porthcressa reef, low-mid tide, longer if big enough, works on southerly or big south west swell, holds some big surf(9-10ft), sketchy, good rides & dodgy paddle in good surf, can be awesome! tolman island, works clean on a big sou'westerly, hollow but again sketchy! there are others
RE: Can you surf on the Isles of Scilly?« Reply #4 on: July 28 2006 11:07:00 »
Golden Ball reef can be big but I have never seen it clean, it picks up and reels right but always closing out. When travelling back from st martins my girlfriend has been caught out on a freak wave funneled through the north of tresco or kettle bottom and the golden ball reef. When theres big swell pushing through from a westerly direction after a front has passed over, does the golden ball produce a clean wave when light winds are in a south easterly direction??
RE: Can you surf on the Isles of Scilly?« Reply #5 on: September 07 2006 03:09:00 »
I lived on St Martins for the begining of 2005, from there I could see the Golden Ball. The day it arrived I saw it zip across the length of the Old Grimbsey sound. I sent for my boards and suit and the next day my brother had them put on the boat from the mainland. Now this is very important: you need to consider the location of Scilly, its like the rocks that make rapids in a river, when the energy of the tide pulls through the islands on its way to Cornwall the currents RAGE!
RE: Can you surf on the Isles of Scilly?« Reply #6 on: September 07 2006 03:09:00 »
I spoke to the local Lobster fisherman who worked 400 pots around all of the islands and he gave me more advice about that particular spot than I could write here. I also spoke to almost every ferry boatman, these people are there in the largest winter storms, the islands are deadly. Hell bay is Hell, do not try to surf there, it wreaks ships!
RE: Can you surf on the Isles of Scilly?« Reply #7 on: September 07 2006 03:09:00 »
Goldenball reef sounds nice but it's very hard to surf, it was the best surf that I have ever had though. to reach it without a boat you have to paddle from Tresco across the Sound through a channel that flows like a fast river, takes three times longer than and is harder than getting out-back on a big day at a beachbreak. Once there the water is about six foot deep with kelp growing on sharp slate rock below. On a big set the depth is about three foot. This place can kill.
RE: Can you surf on the Isles of Scilly?« Reply #8 on: September 07 2006 03:09:00 »
There are two waves that meet to form a bowl, a right breaks first which you can ride for abot 50M and then it hits the unbroken left to form a V shaped bowl, the left then breaks 20M away from you which you can head towards and cut-back to ride for another 30M. This place is the best reef in the UK. Bewarned! In 2004 the helmsman of the jetboat Thunder (a St Mary's based watertaxi) rescued two Aussies that did no research and took no advice. The helmsman was the only man that was brave enough to go out, the RNLI lifeboat is too big to navigate the channel! You can not risk other people's lifes for your fun! It is possible to but an admarality chart to show you the shape of the reef and the depths - strongly advised! The best surf, for true watermen only. email@example.com
RE: Can you surf on the Isles of Scilly?« Reply #9 on: October 05 2006 14:10:00 »
Hi, I've recently moved to Tresco. I have brought my 9'2" with me and so far have spent hours watching Golden Ball at various states of the tide. I've got an Admiralty chart, which I've also spent hours gazing at. So far, I've only managed to find people who tell me not to go, but it looks so awesome. If you're living on the Scillies or have lived here and you have good info/advice on this break or others, please drop me a line. Thanks. firstname.lastname@example.org