Richmond (Centres)

From mid tide up you’ll find some nice conditons for free riding. Look out for the rocks on the drop.

Conditions

Flat Water, Chop, Waves

Usable Tides

Spring High, High, Mid

Usable Winds

WNW - NNE

The Launch

Given that this spot is just a bunch of rocks at low tide, you need to time your arrival well. Too much water and you are going to have no chance at all of a self launch because there isn’t any beach, too little water and you’re going to be rock-hopping for 20 minutes before you get your feet wet. Time it right and you’ll have a nice strip of beach on the kiosk-side of the outfall pipe to get your kite in the air, and a good amount of water to play in.

The Good

Centres reef is a locally legendary surfing spot because it bends the swell into a focused peak on the inside thanks the the bathymetry of the rock formation. Unless there’s a cranking swell you won’t normally find surfers here because the waves don’t line up,  they do however still peak up over the reef offering some wicked ramps to hit at full pelt. As the tide drops out, the spot can also offer some nice flat water conditions as areas of reef start to expose but generally conditions will be choppy here.

In monster swells, and with enough North in the wind, you can use this spot as a safe basecamp to play with the waves when the tide is high enough to make Vazon proper a dangerous place to be. Be very careful in these conditions as there can be no beach at all downwind, and the waves only get bigger in that direction.

In monster swells, and with enough North in the wind, you can use this spot as a safe basecamp to play with the waves when the tide is high enough to make Vazon proper a dangerous place to be. Be very careful in these conditions as there can be no beach at all downwind, and the waves only get bigger in that direction.

The Bad

Get to know the reef here. Beyond the main segment in front of the outfall there are a number of other lumps of rock that are waiting to crush heads, and bust gear. Too many to list here but don’t be boosting big jumps on a dropping tide unless you know exactly where you are landing.

Too much west in the wind will be very gusty as it has to pick it’s way around the overpriced real estate at Vazon’s Southernmost corner. Brave souls will sail here in a North Easterly when the trek up to L’Ancresse seems to much of a hassle, but they rarely recommend it afterwards!

The Ugly

Don’t worry, the outfall isn’t sewage but drainage run off – however there are a bunch of farms upstream so on occasion it can be a little pongy.

Where?

Drive south around Vazon bay until you come to the final Kiosk – you’ll be able to see the outfall on all but the biggest high tides.