About 10 years ago I was flipping through an overseas surf mag and came to a stop at an insane double page line-up spread. Taken from high up a cliff looking down onto a horseshoe bay with gin clear water and a right point rifling down the reef. I certainly did a double-take when I saw it the spot was called Millers!
Obviously not our Millers, but a namesake in Indo. The internet wasn't what it is today a decade ago, so it took plenty of searching to discover where this was. And ever since I've plotted it on a map it's been on my bucket list of spots to surf. Cos besides being named after my favourite spot, it looks like a pretty nice damn wave. By Indo standards it's a mellow ride. Which means it won't kill you.
The shot that caught my attention doesn't seem to exist on the net - which is probably a blessing in disguise, else no doubt this hidden gem would be over-run with surf tourists. below is one of the few shots I've found of Millers #2. But here's a pretty decent shot of it by Paul Kennedy.
So how many other PE spots have got twins elsewhere in the world?
There's Fences in Taranaki, New Zealand (left), and Fence Posts in Northern Aus. Denvils has no equal elsewhere in the world - probably cos the name is an amalgamation of the 2 PE lifesavers that used to surf it, and after whom it was named! Suicides, which is that gnarly spot just behind the breakwater at Hummies, has a few cousins around the world. One in Aus, another in Hawaii (right)
There's a spot called the Pier in just about every coastal town, so no surprises there. Continuing south we get the Graveyard - which is the bottom section of Millers. Turns out that's a pretty popular name too. With Graveyards in Hawaii (below), New Zealand, Cuba...and even up the road in East London! Funny enough - all of them don;t quite live up to their Graveyard tag, being a lot less heavy than their name implies.
Then we get to Millers, which has a cousin in Indo...and a sister in Baja. Millers Landing to be precise. Just up the road from the famous Scorpion Bay - shown below (another on my bucket list of spots to surf). Said to be the 2nd longest wave in the world - and a sand-bottomed right point, who wouldn't want to go! Long as you don't mind the fact it's inconsistent as hell, and in the middle of the Mexican desert.
There's an Avalanche in France and one in Hawaii. On the other side of the rocks at Avo's is Gas Chambers, which has some pretty gnarly cousins in Puerto Rico (below) and Hawaii (2nd below).
That brings us to Pipe. Apparently there's quite a nice spot in Hawaii that goes by the same name. But rumour has it that our Pipe is a bit better than theirs...
The original Rincon is in The States. A pretty insane wave - but it has pretty insane crowds too. Easily over a 100 surfers crowd the line-up on good days. But a picture perfect right point.
So there we have it - most of PE's surf spots have got cousin's around the world.