Located on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Beacon is a section of Thirteenth Beach. Some would say that it is THE section of the beach. Beacon is an excellent, sand bottom, (don’t let the reef on the inside fool you) hollow beachbreak. The a-frames here require your a-game, and can break for up to 50 meters, serving up intense and short barreling sections. The name of the game here is a quick drop into deep pit into hopefully getting spat out on the shoulder.
What are the best surf conditions for Thirteenth Beach – Beacon?
Gets good between chest-high to double overhead. We recommend riding your standard shortboard or step-up when bigger here. Beacon is best suited to intermediate to advanced surfers. The surf here is consistent (7/10) and you will be rubbing elbows when it gets good out here (9/10). The best winds for Beacon are Northeast. The best swell direction is from the Southwest. Beacon starts firing on lower tides. The best advice for a new surfer at Beacon is not to chase peaks, they usually come in randomly, and one will eventually come to you. “The grass is always greener,” save your arms for catching the wave.
We recommend wearing a 3/2 wetsuit in summer with the warmest water temperature a brisk 16 degrees in February. In winter we recommend wearing a 4/3 wetsuit with temps being a colder 12 degrees! See the temperature chart below for more data on this.