Fort. Ebey Reviews and Ratings
(United-States – Washington)
Visitor reviews of Fort. Ebey surf break
August 29, 2011
Thom from United States
This is an extremely fickle left point break so unless you've been here enough to figure it out your chances of getting skunked are high. Even us locals can't predict it even when everything looks "dialed" to go it still often saltpeters out. Its the last break at the end of the strait of Juan de Fuca so swell direction is pretty important and its very tide/wind dependent.
Its a fun little wave when it shapes up starting at the elbow of the point with a prominent flat section in the bowl and then gets fast and ledgy on the inside. Don't bring your prize board as your chances of dinging it on the rocks are pretty high.
This spot definitely can't hold a big crowd so if you come be prepared take turns and general rules of respect/ dropping in/ snaking all apply.
Fort. Ebey Ratings
Based on 5 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 2.0
(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: Fort. Ebey is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 1.8
(1: Fort. Ebey is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in United-States - Washington. 5: the best break in United-States - Washington).
Difficulty Level: 1.8
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 1.2
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Fort. Ebey can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 1.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Fort. Ebey, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Fort. Ebey are often excellent).
Water Quality: 3.2
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Fort. Ebey is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Fort. Ebey 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: 2.8
(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 Fort. Ebey for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Fort. Ebey 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: Fort. Ebey is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 2.0
(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 Fort. Ebey, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Fort. Ebey where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
Based on 5 votes. Vote