Surfing in Summerland Coast NSW
Summerland, on the far north coast of NSW has some of the best beach and point breaks in the world with the water temperature averaging 26oc in summer and 21oc in winter you can comfortably surf all year round.
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Surfing Around the Gold Coast and Tweed Heads
The quality of the waves at these beaches is renowned.
Surfers come from all over Australia, and indeed from around the world, to experience the quality of surf here.
Tweed Heads and its neighbouring suburbs of Coolangatta and Kirra boast some of Australia's best surfing beaches, such as Snapper Rocks (HQ for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro surfing comps), Kirra, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay and Duranbah. These beaches are also great for families and those just wanting to lie around on the sand.
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South Sraddy is the beach off South Stradbroke Island (northern side of the Southport Seaway or at the southern tip of the island). The nearby sand-pumping jetty means the water goes from deep to shallow quickly and delivers good waves. Can be a perilous paddle across the seaway. ( I never mentioned that!)
The Spit is easy to get to, always reliable and a definite swell magnet, this is one of the best surfing beaches on the northern end of the Gold Coast.
Surfers Paradise – where else can you walk from the main business and retail district on to pristine white sandy beaches and catch a wave under the watchful eye of lifesavers. A top Gold Coast break and a popular spot from where Gold Coast surf schools to run their classes. You need to look for where the moving sandbanks are on any given day. Works best in offshore winds. Can have very strong currents which takes many tourists by surprise. Luckily the lifesavers are watchful !
Burleigh Heads – a world-class right-hand barrelling break with a brilliant national park backdrop. But it’s got one of the toughest rock jumps around so be careful. Can hold a big wave to 3m and is best in a s to SE swell and W to SW winds. When this place works, it is even good just watching the pros at work!
Currumbin Alley – another picturesque setting that nearly always delivers. It is one of the most popular places on the Gold Coast for beginners and novice surfers, so make room for them. It’s their beach too. On good days when the banks are shallow it can be a top to bottom barrel. Best in W to S winds and S to SE swell up to 2.5m
Kirra – the once-great surf beach can still turn on a big wave when the conditions are right. If it’s on, it’s not to be missed. Breaks best in S to SE swell up to 2.5m and SW to S winds
Greenmount offers a gentle but sometimes satisfying wave with the occasional barrel. Good place for less experienced. Needs a strong SE swell up to 2m and SW to S winds.
Rainbow Bay is similar to Greenmount and offers a very long and at times fun wave. Best in S to SE swells up to 2m and SW to SE winds. Also holds host to the annual Roxy Pro and Quiksilver Pro.
Snapper Rocks – the infamous ‘superbank’, a sand bottom point break, is like Grand Central Station when the rolling sets come in. Situated just this side of the Queensland-New South Wales border. Sometimes the waves can take you through Rainbow Bay and onto Greenmount. A long paddle or walk back! Best in S to SE swells Up to 2.5m and W to S winds.
Duranbah or D’bah as the locals call it, is a quality beach break that just seems to constantly work, because the south-east headland of Point Danger catches the swell and sends it all our way. When it’s up – it’s big! Best in S to SE swell up to 2.5m and W to S winds.
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The Gold Coast is also known as Surfers Paradise and its southern points - Burleigh, Currumbin, Kirra and Snapper-Greenmount are the jewels in the crown of this paradise.
Four world class breaks along a 14km section of golden beaches.
Burleigh the perennial site of major contests, Kirra the legendary screaming right; Currumbin another long more variable right and Snapper-Greenmount also known as SuperBank, long long rights.
Numerous excellent beach breaks, home of world champions and the Australian 'capitol' of surfing - very worthy of NSR status. Dedicated in February 2012. source
Surfing Around Byron Bay
Since the discovery of world-class waves in the area in the 60s, Byron has been a famed domestic and international surfing point.
With its variety of north, east and south-facing beaches, Byron has a location for any wind and swell direction. With warm water, quality waves and beautiful surrounds, there's a rarely a day that won't create at least a half-decent wave somewhere - for experts and beginners alike. Though there ARE lots of beginners. Remember the surfers' code of ethics.
A lot of the Byron Bay region is part of the Byron Marine Reserve and restrictions apply. Check out the Marine Parks website http://www.mpa.nsw.gov.au/cbmp.html.
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Belongil Beach is to the north of the town and has some good beach breaks at times. Similar to Main beach but less crowded. The whaling station used to be here and sharks can still sniff the blood. LOL, so keep an eye out.
The Wreck is just north of the town as is named after the SS Wollongbar which sticks up its rusting hull just above the water at high tide. A great sand bottom has created an excellent right. Is best in big SE swells or N or NE and offshore winds from SW to SE.
The Pass and Clarkes and Main Beach
The most-protected of Byron's surf areas and the closest to town, is a cluster of adjoining beaches that offer great conditions for aspiring, old or novice waxheads. With many of the breaks offering gentler conditions than the eastern-facing beaches, it's a top spot if you're just starting out, or want to improve before tackling somewhere more challenging. Whatever the case, it's where many of the area's malibu-riding-retirees spend their time, getting swooping 100-metre long rides at The Pass, through to Clarkes Beach and occasionally to Main Beach. NE, E swell - S, SE wind - holds 1-6ft.
Wategoes and Little Wategoes
The Wategoes break boasts more challenging rides for long-time longboarders. It's generally not too rough, just very, very, crowded, and at times virtually impossible to find a car park... not the place to be unless you like spending more time looking at other peoples' rides than getting your own. Great for an early longboard session. NE, E swell - S, SE wind - holds 1-3ft. Like the Pass, this beach tends to attract its share of beginners, so it can be a bit tricky judging if a surfer is going to drop in or pull out in time. Watch the sweep across to the rocks at the northern edge (ie next to the Pass)!
Little Wategooes is rarely crowded because it's a bit out of the way and people can be too lazy to climb over the rocks at mid-high tide. We've surfed here in a crew of 5, while 500 were a the beach next door. Enjoyable feast for the board and for the eyes, on occasion. If you do go there, take a hint and check out the scenery - it's why this beach hosts some of the priciest coastal real estate in Australia.
Cosy Corner and Tallows
Sits on the southern corner of Cape Byron. Generally speaking, there's bigger, more challenging waves here but it still can provide good, learning waves for beginners and intermediates on the right day. From Cosy Corner in Tallows' northern end (one of the few places protected from howling northerly winds), to Dolphins (named after a frequent-visiting pod). Best in NE, E swell - NW, N, NE wind - holds 1-6ft. Best thing about Cosy is that the paddle out is a lazy one, just get in the rip and keep your board pointed in the right direction.
PS Cozy Corner can be a 'little sharky'.
Suffolk Park is a long open beach which seems to catch all the available swell, but best with NW to SW winds. The shifting sand banks means you have to look for the best spots.
Broken Head is a top location with a fast peeling right hander just inside a rocky headland and breaking inside the offshore rocky outcrops over a sandy bottom. Breaks best on a N to NE swell and offshore breezes, W to SW. Great camping ground right on the beach. This is a fast breaking wave with numerous hollow sections down the line.
Whites Beach is just a short drive south of Broken along the dirt road. SIt is a secluded, scenic beach surrounded by rainforest. The waves tend to be short and punchy in crystal clear water over a sandy bottom. Best in small to medium SE to NE swell with westerly winds.
Surfing in Lennox Head
In February 1962, two Kiwis stumbled upon Lennox Head, now generally regarded as Australia's finest righthand point. Lennox is one of the prettiest spots you will find anywhere. Maybe I am biased, I live here! The road between Ballina and Lennox Head must be one of the best stretches of coastal road anywhere. And what's more there are many great surfings spots easily assessable.
The waves are awesome, big hearts needed for big waves.
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Seven Mile Beach is open to most swells and can get some decent waves but the sandbanks tend to move. The waves might be far from perfect, it IS uncrowded! The NE corner is somewhat protected from the north winds, but can be blown out along most of the long beach. Best in E to SE swells and W to NW winds.
Lennox Main Beach is a long unprotected beach with a small seasonally patrolled area out the front of the Surf Life Saving Club. Rips are common right along the beach. In ideal conditions with a light westerly there is a good beach break of around 2.5 metres.
North of the Surf Club With a 4WD and the appropriate Council permit you can travel all the way to the Byron border, close to Broken Head. With the right wind, swell and sand banks there can be numerous quality breaks with nobody except your own crew and ever present sea creatures to share the waves with. Normal road rules apply - don't get stuck - as it could be expensive to be retrieved. Ps you could always walk up the beach too.
The reef and boat channel area. This break is worth a mention. While most of the groms surf right in front of the pub (because Dad might be inside, or because it close enough to walk or bike ride), the reef is often less crowded and has some quality waves with more size and consistency than further north away from the village. Breaks over sand at first but WATCH OUT for rocks at low tide.
Lennox Point is the classic point setup, home to one of Australia's biggest and longest warm water surf breaks. The point works best with a south westerly blowing and a swell ripping around the point from the south-east. The long, peeling right hand break seems to go on forever and waves sometimes exceed 4 metres when conditions are good.
Few waves compare for speed, barrel sections, length of ride and an ability to handle the biggest NE-S swells.
While a NE swell meeting a SW wind is considered the best, Lennox will also be good in a S.
Can be difficult to launch and many boards attest to the rocks. There also used to be many anemones which really hurt when trying to get out. OUCH.
The break holds proper size when the prospect of leaping off the rocks looks suicidal and the current running down the point is likely to challenge the strongest paddlers.
Boulders works in similar swell and wind to Lennox Point with waves getting up there in ideal conditions. Usually less crowded than the Point. Works best in SE swell with W to SW wind.
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Lennox Head Surfing Reserve
Lennox National Surfing Reserve is just north of Ballina on the north coast and includes the world-famous Lennox Point. The breaks at Lennox have been surfed since the late 1950's when surfing gained popularity throughout NSW. The point break is revered for its power and size, definitely for experienced surfers only.
The boundaries for the reserve are from the south side of Flat Rock to the Lennox Head SLSC. The southern boundary being very significant as Flat Rock was one of the first breaks surfed in the area and well before Lennox Point. The reserve area extends 500 metres seaward of the mean high tide mark.
From the earliest discoverers of Lennox Head surf breaks to the grommets that ride the waves today, this truly beautiful and unique coastal area is now listed as National Surfing Reserve for all to enjoy forever.
Protecting the animals that live in the area, from the sea eagles that nest in the cliff, to the multitudes of marine life, whilst preserving and maintaining the surf culture surrounding Lennox Head. The quality of these waves breaking along these points has been inspirational in the development of modern surfing and equipment.
Share, Respect, Preserve is the ethos to be remembered within this important National Surfing Reserve. source
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Surfing in Ballina
Ballina is a popular location for visitors and locals. There are some great surfing locations to the north and south as well as in the river.
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Sharpes Beach has a classic left handed point break and can be a bit protected in the NE summer winds.
Flatrock is a right handed point break over a sandy bottom. Windsurfers and kite boarders love this break as the wave face is smooth in SW winds (northern side) and cross offshore for the NE on the southern side. The rock platform is just high enough to break up the wind to ensure great rides. Arguably the furthest point east at low tide for mainland Australia.
Angels Beach is good in most swell directions up to 2m with offshore winds. Lefts and rights over a sandy bottom.
Shelly Beach is similar to Angels but can take swells up to 2.5m.
Lighthouse Beach and North Wall
North Wall is a great protected spot in a southerly and catches most available swell over a sandy bottom. Use the rip right next to the wall to help you get out the back fast. Water can be a bit murky after heavy rain, even a little sharky. Over 3m this can be a classic ride for the experienced surfer with long rides up to 300m over a sandy bottom. Starts getting good when E to SE swell gets to around a metre and just keeps getting better when the wind is W to SW offshore. Lighthouse beach has classic beach breaks over a sandy bottom. Watch out for the rip that can take you around the headland to Speeds.
South Wall offers protection from the northerly winds where it works best! Access is via the vehicle ferry from south of Ballina as this spot is across the Richmond River.
Speaking of which, sometimes some great waves can be found in front of Missingham Bridge when there is a biog swell running. Watch out for all the surf schools as this can be the only place for learning once the swell gets up. Is really nice on a higher or incoming tide as the water has that nice colour over a sandy bottom. This is not a pleasant location after heavy rain as many bitey things lurk in that brown water.
Surfing in Evans Head
Evans Head is a delightful, quiet coastal village making it the perfect holiday resort for those wanting to enjoy an easy-going, family orientated environment with the promise of some good mal waves.
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Evans Head Main Beach, just north of the rock wall, it starts to break outside the end of the wall and can get really good, and when it does it gets nice hollow waves.
It can not handle bigger waves but you don't need them to have fun here.
The suck up's are a fun wave but the bar is good as well.
Please watch out for the fishing boats if you are taking off from the waves in front of the bar.
A great Mal wave.
Shark Bay is a right hand point break which breaks over a sandy bottom, though there are some rocks that can pop up at low tide in the take off zone.. It is to the south of the river wall and brreaks bestaround 1m in an E to SE swell with S to SW winds.
Half Tides is a little like Shark Bay, a right hander that can offer a long ride. It also breaks on a sand bottom and sometimes can have some wicked barrels. Best in S to SW winds and a NE swell.
Also try Chinaman's Beach and Snapper Rocks. A bit of a walk along the beach, but make a picnic out of the day.
Chinamans is a short drive south of Evans but is a great spot to have an uncrowded surf. Best in SE to NE swell and SW to NW winds.
Can have some fun waves and Snapper is protected in a Southerly wind.
Surfing in Yamba and Angourie
Yamba is situated on the mouth of the Clarence River it is the only major Port in the whole of the Summerland Coast NSW region still operating as a shipping port.
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Angourie, on the NSW north coast near Yamba, was the first gazetted National Surfing Reserve in NSW. Angourie is legendary amongst the surfing community for its superb breaks and natural beauty. A very special and very soulful location worthy of deep respect.
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Iluka Beach is on the northern side of the Clarence River next to the breakwall. Needs NE to SW swell to 2m and SW to W winds.
Iluka Breakwall has a great right hander that breaks next to the northern breakwall. Can get heavy, but offers some long and hollow rides. Best in E to NE swell and W to SW winds. Holds over 2 m but experienced surfers only at this size.
Yamba has Pippies a great all round spot offering a punchy, peaky beachbreak in the middle of Yamba. Not world class, but definitely fun in NW to W winds and NE to S swells.
Turner's Beach is a small beach between the lighthouse and the south wall of the Clarence River. Popular with families and learners. Left handers off the rock wall and Right handers off the southern end. Best in E to SE swell aith W winds.
Spookies is just to the north of Angourie and can be a gnarly break as the name suggests. Is over a rock bottom. It is a short ride but barrels as the wave hits the shallow reef. Works best in E swells and SW winds.
Angourie is one of the world's classic waves.
Swells from the north and east run into these reefs to provide fast and hollow tubes.
Southerly swells sweeping past create gentler and more playful waves.
As the coarse sands and pebbles of Point Beach move northward they grade to fine sandy beaches at Spooky and Green Point Cove.
Angourie can hold a large wave over 2.5m.
Back Beach can get really good with a left hand break over shallow boulder reef.
Generally a good spot in NE sea breezes and S to E swells.
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To acknowledge the importance of the interaction between this beautiful environment and surfing culture, a National Surfing Reserve has been created at Angourie. The Dedication took place on the 12 January 2007 and was performed by the Hon. Tony Kelly (Minister for lands) and Brad Farmer (Founder of National Surfing Reserves) and attended by many past and present surfers and members of the Angourie community.
A Range of marine and terrestrial habitats have evolved here over thousands of years creating an environment valued today by visitors from around the world.
The rocky boulder reefs of Angourie Point host sea urchins and sea cucumbers, octopus and crabs. The shallow rock ledges of Spooky and Green Point provide stable holds for red, green and brown seaweeds, sea anenome and cunjevoi. Tidal rock pools shelter starfish, barnacles and periwinkles for children to admire. Fish such as silver bream, tarwhine, jewfish and groper are plentiful and healthy. Tailor, salmon and mackerel are our seasonal visitors. Whales cruise past on their journeys north and south. Dolphins and turtles explore the coves closer to shore. source
Surfing Etiquette from Surfrider Foundation's - The Surfer's Code
The tribal "rules" of surfing are few and simple, but surfing etiquette is being ignored more and more, so here's a brief guide to the ethics:
- Respect the beach, ocean and others
- The surfer closest to the peak has the right of way
- First to his or her feet has priority
- Stay out of the way of riders on waves
- If in doubt, don't paddle out
- Be aware of currents, jetties and other surfers
- Hold on to your board
- Clean up after yourself and others less thoughtful
- Always aid another surfer in trouble
- Share the water, your knowledge and your stoke
- Give Respect To Gain Respect