Waitpinga - Beach in Waitpinga Victor Harbor SA - SLS Beachsafe

Waitpinga SA

Waitpinga Beach (170) is one of the more popular surfing beaches on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It is located 15 km west of Victor Harbour, with a 3 km long sealed road leading from the main road right to the beach. There is a car park behind the dune and an elevated walkway... Read more

Waitpinga Beach (170) is one of the more popular surfing beaches on the Fleurieu Peninsula. It is located 15 km west of Victor Harbour, with a 3 km long sealed road leading from the main road right to the beach. There is a car park behind the dune and an elevated walkway across the dune to the centre of the 3.1 km long beach. The beach is backed by largely vegetated dunes back, with Waitpinga creek and elongated lagoon behind the centre of the beach. A second parking area is located on the western headland, reached via the gravel Parsons Beach road.The beach faces almost due south exposing it to persistent high swell which averages about 2 m. Ninety metre high Newland Head forms the eastern boundary, with a 40 m high Waitpinga Hill head separating it from adjoining Parsons Beach. The combination of high swell and medium sand produces a steep beach and surf zone dominated by 8 to 10 large rips, separated by bars which are usually detached from the beach (Fig. 4.39). The alternating bars and rips produce megacusps, large scallops in the beach in lee of the rips, and protrusions in lee of the bars (Fig. 4.40). Strong permanent rips run out against each headland, in addition to rocks in the surf for 300 m south of Newland Head.

Swimming

These are two exposed, usually high waves and always rip dominated beaches. There are deep rip channels and strong rip currents right off the beach. Only swim or surf here if you really know what you are doing and are very experienced surfer.

Surfing

The alternating rips and bars on Waitpinga produce a series of beach breaks which can hold good waves up to 3 m, while parsons hold up to about 2 m. However only surf with friends as conditions here can be very hazardous.

Fishing

Waitpinga is a very popular spot for beach fishing owing to the deep, persistent rip gutters and holes, together with the rocks at each end.

General

Two relatively natural and wild beaches backed by rising dunes, a central small lagoon at Waitpinga and both fronted by the rip dominated surf. They are only suited for experienced surfers, otherwise it is worth the drive out for the view and walk along the beach.

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Information

About

Waitpinga, SA 5211

Length:
3.1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 sa0170

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Camping
  • Toilets
  • Drinking water

Weather

Tuesday 20, Nov 3:18 am

Day 19°    Night 11°
21.4°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwest to southerly 15 to 20 knots. Winds turning westerly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of rain in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

12 am
0.88m
7 am
0.57m
6 pm
0.44m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:10 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Wednesday 21, Nov

Day 17°    Night 8°
Showers. Windy

Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 25 knots around dawn then shifting westerly 25 to 30 knots in the late morning.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning. Possible small hail in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

12 am
0.99m
7 am
0.50m
12 pm
0.79m
6 pm
0.41m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:50 pm


Weather

Tue 20, Nov to Tue 27, Nov


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 25 to 30 knots decreasing to 20 to 25 knots during the morning and to 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers, with possible small hail in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

Tide


UV

Tue 20th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:50 pm
Wed 21st 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:50 pm
Thu 22nd 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fri 23rd 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:10 pm

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

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