Christies Reef Reviews and Ratings
(South Australia – Adelaide)
Visitor reviews of Christies Reef surf break
March 13, 2012
steeve whitehead from Australia
Christies reef is considered to be the remenants of a fossilized sand hill, the top of which lies in the intertidal zone. The shape of which is that perfect crescent of the wind swept sand hill. For the surfer this means great shaped waves. In this case you have a right hander which continually gets longer and breaks further from the right (looking seaward) as it gets bigger.
The wave lies some 500 meter paddle from the boat ramp at Christies Beach (the first section of Y-steps) and like Y-steps really needs at least a tide which is half way in and rising. Low tide at Christies Reef shows the reef out of the water and the waves failing to build as they have no water to draw against. The reef seldom works, like most of the mid, due to the lack of swell reaching the mid coast, the best winds are- no wind or easterly. I have surfed it to 10 foot wave face and consider it to be the best reef on the coast. The north side of the reef has a bit of a left stepping up onto very shallow rock, if you like to loose fins. When you have finished surfing, catch the biggest wave you can and ride it into the wave cross over through and behind the reef, its great fun and will take you most of the way back to the beach at Y-steps (on a bigger day).
Christies Reef Ratings
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Quality on a good day: 3.0
(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: 2.0
(1: Christies Reef is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Difficulty Level: 3.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Water Quality: 2.0
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Christies Reef is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Christies Reef 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).
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