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).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Cape Schanck is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(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).
(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).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Cape Schanck for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(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).
(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).
(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).
(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).