The surf around Kangaroo Island varies significantly over the
course of a year. Here we note where the surf breaks can often
be found at 5 different localities. The most dramatic swell occurs
from the south-west and weather permitting this means that the
majority of surfable waves are found on the south and west coasts
of Kangaroo Island. Northerly winds and larger swells make waves
on the northern coast.
Kangaroo Island is a special place with unspoilt, clean beaches
and water. Respect for the delicate ecosystem and the local residents
is required before considering a surfing holiday on Kangaroo Island.
The water is always cold and a full wetsuit is required for any
surfing. As the terrain and access is rough in some areas a 4-wheel
drive and knowledge of the island is a must. Bitumen roads access
all areas of the island but some driving on unsealed roads is
required to some sites. Particular care should be taken at Pennington
Bay where there can be a strong undertow and drownings have occurred