The Pass(Amazons)Edit Spot
The vibe in the water is pretty good for the most part but there are a few that think they own the place. Even on a bad day its still 3 times better than anywhere else in the area.
This place can fire like anywhere else that I've seen on this site. It doesn't happen much but when it doe drop everything and go. On good days the swell will wrap around the tip of the jetty and start off with a large (double overhead) crumble that peels left for 50 yards then hits the mid break and starts to line up much faster. The inside is half the size usually but can still be overhead and very hollow.
ATTANTION - august 2005: They are dredging the pass.It's too late to surf it: (
The current inside the pass can be like a river at times sweeping you out into the gulf or into the bay. Slack tide is best but not necessary. Compensate the current by hopping off the tip of the jetty or walking north to the kiddie pool, opposite of the current. Look both ways before crossing as there are ships coming to and from port and they cant see you!
amazons is by far the best wave the gulf coast has to offer, the wave is best on a south east swell. it goes off a lot in the winter because we get so many hard onshore s/e windswells that can be like chest to head and sometiems it gets overhead. due to the direction the pass is facing a SE wind is strait offshore, not to mention the jetty blocks most of the wind anyways so its almost always glassy. the jetty formed a perfect shaped sandbar that breaks just like a left pointbreak. theres even a channel. its a left that starts off crumbling and can jack up and barrel on the outside depending on the size, then once it hits the middle the barrel ends and it starts to peel again once it gets to the middle and it goes for about 25 yards before it hits the inside then once it hits the inside its usually about 3/4 the size but still super heavey and can give u a rly fun backside barrel. during hurricane ivan it was about 5-7 ft (8-12 ft faces) and offshore barreling hard.
Head for the St. Andrews St. Park in Panama City Beach (far east end). The break is located across the pass on the channel side of the Shell Island Jetty. Its about a 10 to 20 minute paddle across the pass to the break but its well worth it.
|Walk||Long walk (>30 min)|
|Power||Hollow, Fast, Fun|
|Frequency||Rarely breaks (5 days/year)|
|Normal length||Normal (50 to 150m)|
|Good day length||Long (150 to 300m)|
|Wind direction||SouthEast, East|
|Swell direction||SouthEast, East|
|Swell size||Less than 3ft - Don't know|
|Tide movement||Rising and falling tides|
Rips / undertow, Rocks, Sharks
0.00 miles away
|Direction:||Right and left|
|Frequency:||Very consistent (150+ days/year)|