Pambula Rivermouth Reviews and Ratings
(New South Wales – Far South, Australia)
Visitor reviews of Pambula Rivermouth surf break
February 26, 2011
Phil Osopher from Australia
Have lived in the region for 11 years and have seen this place go off 3 times. I remember reading a surf guide which says this place can be world class. This is true, but you can grow old waiting for those perfect days.
This is not to say it isn't good most of the time, because the Rivo will offer some perfect little winter waves. Catch it on the right tide and a good time is guaranteed. The rights tend to be fast and take-off position is critical. The locals are very friendly and the feel in the water mostly is fairly mellow. Can get a bit spooky though, with the river mouth known to produce some grey beasts.
A very beautiful place to visit though.
Pambula Rivermouth Ratings
Based on 2 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 2.5
(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: 1.5
(1: Pambula Rivermouth is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 2.0
(1: Pambula Rivermouth is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in New South Wales - Far South. 5: the best break in New South Wales - Far South).
Difficulty Level: 3.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 1.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Pambula Rivermouth can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 1.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Pambula Rivermouth, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Pambula Rivermouth are often excellent).
Water Quality: 2.0
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Pambula Rivermouth is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Pambula Rivermouth 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: 1.0
(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 Pambula Rivermouth for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Pambula Rivermouth 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: Pambula Rivermouth is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 1.0
(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 Pambula Rivermouth, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Pambula Rivermouth where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
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