Australia is often referred to as ‘The Lucky Country’ and there are plenty of reasons why that is true.
We have killer waves. Like ‘heaps’ of them. HEAPS! The coastline is peppered with all kinds of frothy surf monsters. Some of the best waves are even in close proximity to the cities. It is pretty safe to say we are spoilt here in OZ! I know i’m in no hurry to go back to England!
Throw in a larger cyclone swell and you’ll see Noosa really fire.
Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is actually a series of bays and headlands that extend from First Point right in town, to the outer break Granite Bay, some half hour walk through the national park. Granites receives the most size but is sand dependant and only starts to really get going upwards from 4-5ft. Tea Tree is the next point along and offers a more bowly ride, while Boiling Pot is the jewel in the crown. If the swell’s not big enough though, you’ll be rock hopping the whole way. First Point is ruler edge and perfect for longboarders, but on the low and run-out tide, it is a fast down the line wave suitable for shortboarders as well.
The best time of year is summer and early autumn when trade-swells produce weeks-on-end of swell. Throw in a larger cyclone swell and you’ll see Noosa really fire. The best thing about Noosa is that it handles any wind from south-west to south-east providing clean options in sustained trade-swell setups.
When the swell gets large, Kirra just to the north turns on.
Snapper is one of the better known breaks Worldwide, and when it’s on, it’s packed. The break from Snapper Rocks through Little Marley, Greenmount and then into Coolangatta Bay, is sand dependent and always in flux. Sand pumping from Letitia Spit just to the south keeps a continuous flow of sand trickling around the point down through Rainbow Bay.
The best time of year and most consistent swells are seen during summer and autumn, very similar to Noosa. When the swell gets large, Kirra just to the north turns on, but the sweep can be sometimes unbearable. Winds are great from south-west to south-east and even east-southeast if not too strong.
The left is the money.
One of the more localised breaks on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Northy loves any swell offering rights and lefts off a sandbank moulded by the tidal flow from Narrabeen Lagoon. The left is the money and turns on with any swell with a touch of east in it, providing a high-performance hollow running wave. Dead south swells see Car Park Rights turn on just to the south, but it’s a heavy quick hollow shorey right.
Northy works any time of year but is best into autumn and winter when the Sydney region receives its most consistent swells. Winds from north-east to west are good for North Narrabeen.
Shark Island has caused more than its fair share of serious injuries.
Just south of Sydney lies Cronulla and an impressive mix of quality reefs and beaches. Shark Island being the most infamous wave, attracting a healthy mix of bodyboarders and standup surfers. The wave is very tidal dependant and unsurfable on the low, but good from mid-high tide, depending on the tidal range.
Swells from south-east to east are best for the right, with southerly swells not coming on square enough so breaking fat and wide. On south-east swells you can get an relatively easy entry from out the back before pumping down the line to set up a heaving shallow barrel on Surge. Once the swell goes anywhere north of east ‘Island Lefts’ turns on producing a short/sharp wedging and heavy left.
Shark Island is only for the most experienced surfers and has caused more than its fair share of serious injuries. Best during Autumn and Winter when Sydney receives its bulk of quality swells.
One of the best and longest right point breaks on the East Coast.
Located below the imposing escarpment running along the Coal Coast, Sandon Point when on, is one of the best and longest right point breaks on the East Coast. The outside section gets heavier, ledgier and hollower the bigger the swell gets. Once past the point and working down the wave, it’s a fairly forgiving place running along a flat bottomed rock shelf. Best swells are anywhere from south-east to north-east in direction and winds great from south-west to south.
On the perfect tide and swell direction you can link waves all the way from the outside ledge, past the boat sheds where the wave usually ends, down through to the beach at McCauleys. Best time of year is Autumn and Winter when the swells are larger and more consistent across Southern New South Wales.
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YEW – get out there!