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Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 1
This first mile of ocean is too mellow to surf. Perfect for the paddle surfing, lounging in the water, and jet skiing.
Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 2
Like the first mile, mile 2 is too mellow to surf for all but the absolute beginner. It's flat and calm and a fantastic place to relax.
Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 3
On the northern side of town the ocean floor rises gradually, making small, mellow waves perfect for beginners. For each mile south, the topography of the ocean floor changes with astonishing consistency, as the continental shelf becomes steeper and steeper.
Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 4
This is more challenging than mile 3 and is a great place for the intermediate surfer. This is the beginning of the most popular stretch of beach.
Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 5
Marked by 4 to 5 foot waves. Very consistent stretch, perfect for intermediate skill set.
Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 6
Middle of the "popular zone", 5 to 6 foot consistent waves.
Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 7
Larger, a little less predictable waves ranging 7 to 8 feet in height. The morning hours the surf is mellower and more consistent.
Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 8
These 7 to 8 foot waves are more challenging than the previous mile. Only more experienced surfers should dare the "Mile 8"!
Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 9
These waves are as challenging and tall as Mile 10, but lack the coral reef and don't achieve the hollowness.
Alabaster Cove Surfing Mile 10
On the southernmost shore is a coral reef which ranges from up to 20 inches below the surface and creates stupendous, but unstable waves. The unique shape of the steeply sloped reef causes the very hollow waves to effectively break below the surface. Only the most skilled and physically fit dare attempt to surf these scalloped-shaped, semi-arching breakers, which are almost as thick at the lip as they are tall, as they race along the dry reef closeout.