Third Ramp, Long Beach, Robe (South Australia)
Third Ramp, Long Beach, Robe – Wingfoiling, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Long Beach, is located near Robe on the Guichen Bay on South Australia’s south-east coast and is approximately 4 hours drive south east of Adelaide and about an hour and a half from Mount Gambier (or about 6 hours west of Melbourne) on the Limestone Coast in South Australia.
This spot offers many great options for wave sailing for windsurfers and kiters on a clean and predictable beach break. It is one of South Australia’s best known wave sailing spots, and is frequently visited by interstate travellers.
Slalom sailing at Long Beach is also a great option beyond the surf, there is normally good conditions in the swell with spectacular scenery, the easier option for launching with Slalom or wing foiling gear is at the 2nd ramp end of the beach. Robe has plenty of sailing options for various flavours of windsurfing, kitesurfing, foiling, surf and SUP
The best wind directions are SE-SW or N-NE however the the bay is about 10 km long and is curved so you can windsurf anywhere along the bay to get side shore conditions. If the wind is more westerly head to Rivoli Bay at Beachport, which is about half an hour away as a better option.
The most popular access is at the 3rd ramp which is about 10 km north of Robe, located at the end of Steve Woolston Road, which is named after the founder of the famous local Robe surf shop, Steve’s Place. You can drive off the main highway in any type of vehicle and park at the 3rd Ramp carpark or if you have a 4wd you could drive along the beach from the main town beach (2nd Ramp). There is also an option to drive onto the beach at 3rd Ramp, should you want to launch from further up or down the beach.
From Robe, if you are after some flat-water blasting, Lake George is just up the road.
In addition to foiling, windsurfing and kitesurfing, Robe is a great place to just hang out. They are famous for their crayfish and of coarse it is just over an hour’s drive to the famous Coonawarra wine region. There is a local golf course, and there are plenty of attractions like Narracoorte Caves (about 90 mins drive).
The surf beach is also great for swimming, surfing and SUPping.
This great video below shows what an awesome spot this is…ABILITIES:
Third ramp is generally a spot suited to intermediate and advanced sailors, depending on the conditions the shorebreak can be quite big. It is always worth checking out third ramp and if the conditions are to gnarly, you can head closer to Robe town. The beach and bay shape lend itself to finding the right conditions for most abilities due the the shape.
Heading further towards the town, to sail between 2nd and 3rd ramp is easy. Those in a all-wheel drive SUV or 2wd car should probably head to 2nd ramp then access the beach, the beach can be driven on in a normal car from second ramp towards 3rd ramp. Those with a 4wd, can head down to the beach at third ramp, then drive along the beach to find a the perfect spot to suit the wind direction and swell.SEASON:
Thirds Ramp works all year round, but in the winter tends to depend of the weather systems at the time. In the warmer spring and summer season, October thru to March, there tends to be a sea breeze from the south east, which can be backed up by what ever current weather system is moving through.
Even in the summer the water tends to be cool, so depending on what you are used to a spring suit is recommended. The area experiences a phenomena known as the Great South Australian Coastal Upwelling System, which causes cooler nutrient rich waters to rise. This in part is why the south-easterly sea breeze can establish so well.RIGGING:
At all locations around Third ramp and long beach you will have to rig on the sand in the car parks or on the beach. That is except for if you sail at town beach in a westerly.LAUNCHING:
Where ever you decide to sail on long beach the launch will be from the gently sloping beach, further out there are some shifting sand bar, which move with time.
You will need to be comfortable with launching in shore break, and depending on the wind and final location along the beach the launch can be cross-offshore to cross shore.
Launching a foil here is possible, for those with confidence, but we would recommend you move along towards 2nd ramp, to find a launch spot that you are comfortable with.
Around Robe there are plenty of options for accommodation, ranging from luxury houses to motels. There are a few caravan parks in the area which offer both powered and unpowered camping spots and cabins. There is also the option of camping in the little dip conservation park.
If you are staying in the national park, free camping and want access to a shower, there is a free shower at the public toilets opposite the tourist information centre and library in town.
Featured Robe Accommodation
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Robe Holiday Park is located 5 mins drive or 20 mins walk from the centre of Robe township. This could be an option if you are wanting to sail at Robe or Lake George. In addition to powder and non-powered sites, the park offers open-plan self-cater bungalows sleeping up to 4 guests. The air conditioned cabins have a fully equipped Read more...
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Robetown Motor Inn is located a short walk to the main beach at Robe. It offers fully air conditioned motel rooms, family suites and a 3 bedroom apartment accommodating 1 – 6 guests across the various room types. The property features an indoor heated pool and spa, a communal kitchen with gas BBQ, hot plates, stone and cooking utensils and Read more...
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- Open Sea
- Moderate Temp Water
- Salt Water
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- Free Parking
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- RV Camping
- Public Toilets
- Cold Showers
- Dog Friendly Beach
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