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Cape Schanck Reviews and Ratings

(Mornington Peninsula, Australia)

Visitor reviews of Cape Schanck surf break

  • December 16, 2014
    Paul French from Australia

    Just been online and reading the bullshit about surfing the schank. It only works > 10'. Tide - mid coming in to mid going out is best. At that size at a lower tide you are caught by the heavy kelp grabbing your fins trying a bottom turn and if you fall off can be fun waiting for the next wave to release you. Great wave for experienced surfers.
    Best I've seen surf there when > 10' - Dave French, Greg McConville , Wally Tibbles and Tony Fowler.

    Do not get hurt here as the cliff climb is seriously hard fit.
    On take-off a friend had a fin go through his thigh and by the time we got him out he nearly died through blood loss.

    Yes there are sharks - but they are everywhere.

    Cheers Frenchie !!!

  • Cape Schanck Ratings

    Based on 4 votes. Vote

    Quality on a good day: 4.2

    (1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).

    Consistency of Surf: 4.0

    (1: Cape Schanck is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).

    Regional Rating: 5.0

    (1: Cape Schanck is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Mornington Peninsula. 5: the best break in Mornington Peninsula).

    Difficulty Level: 3.8

    (1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).

    Onshore Wind: 4.3

    (1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Cape Schanck can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).

    Other Options: 4.3

    (1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Cape Schanck, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).

    Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.7

    (1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Cape Schanck are often excellent).

    Water Quality: 4.5

    (1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).

    Crowds: 4.2

    (1: Often too crowded. 5: Cape Schanck is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).

    Access: 4.2

    (1: Getting to Cape Schanck requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).

    Scenery: 5.0

    (1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).

    Local Attitude: 5.0

    (1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).

    Accommodation: 4.3

    (1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Cape Schanck for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).

    Camping: 3.7

    (1: Camping at Cape Schanck is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).

    Entertainment: 4.0

    (1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Cape Schanck is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).

    Equipment and Repairs: 3.7

    (1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).

    Eating: 3.7

    (1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Cape Schanck, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).

    Drinking: 4.0

    (1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Cape Schanck where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).