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Surfing the Black Sand Beach

This is a large, mostly west-facing, black sand beach with offshore reefs just north of the town of Shelter Cove. Black Sand Beach is a picturesque and relaxing beach.

The black sand that covers the beach and has given the spot its name is very unusual. There are offshore reefs in this area that can create peeling lines of consistent and well-shaped surf.  The winter months can bring big swells from the west and northwest. In general, the winter season requires skill and experience and isnít the best time of year for novice surfers to visit. The summer months can mean smaller surf with fun south swells that are much less intimidating.

Regardless of the season, this is definitely a beach worth checking out even when thereís not a visiting swell. Best Boards: Shortboard, longboard

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