Shit Pipe, Isle of Man
Shit Pipe. Sounds lovely, right?
When I first heard about this surf break, I hoped it didn’t earn its title because of a nearby sewage pipe oozing excrement into the Manx.
Fortunately, it’s called Shit Pipe because the pipes are, well, a bit crap.
It does have its moments. This stunning picture above made its way on to Magicseaweed after a user uploaded it, revealing its ‘secret location’ to the world. Oops!
Blind Beach, California
This beach break is hidden away on the Sonoma Coast, a beautiful spot just off the famous Highway One. The same one referred to in the Red Hot Chili Peppers song Road Trippin’.
It’s not called Blind Beach because you have to surf it blindfolded, however fun that sounds.
It’s named so because you can’t see it from the road, meaning there are never too many people in the line up.
Jaws (Peahi), Hawaii
When I first heard of Jaws, I thought perhaps there was a rather bloodthirsty shark hunting down local swimmers.
I’ve since learnt this break was given its name due to the dangerous waves that can be found here.
Maui surfers John Lemus and John Potterick christened Jaws after the Hollywood film, comparing the conditions to the unpredictability of a shark attack.
Its true name – Pe’ahi – means wave in Hawaiian. Not the kind of wave you surf, but the sort the Queen makes when she’s passing by in a fancy car.
Stinky Bay, Jersey
Unfortunately, this is not an ironic name. Stinky Bay or Le Pulec (its French name) really does stink.
This is due to the rotting seaweed that is found washed up on the shore. However it doesn’t deter the many surfers who descend on to the bay to surf its smelly waves.
The reef is uneven which means the surf can be hit and miss. Which does beg the question, if it smells so badly, why surf there?