Australia is renowned as a premier surfing destination and it boasts some of the best surfing destinations in the world. The 37,000 km coastline has numerous beaches, reefs and point breaks that will challenge even the most skilled board-rider. For those who are less experienced, there are numerous swells that are perfect for beginners who can paddle with confidence. Gold Coast is well known for its surfing beaches and following are some of the best spots.
This is the most popular surf beach on the Gold Coast with its consistently favourable conditions. The Quiksilver pro surfing tour is held on this beach each year for this very reason. Snapper has beautiful clean waves and it is usually ideal for surfers when a southeasterly swell is present. The beach is also the starting point for the Super bank. This man-made surf break allows surfers to catch a perfect wave through to Coolangatta.
Straddie, which surfers have renamed TOS or 'the other side' is another ideal surfing location. The Gold Coast Seaway has the sand-bypassing project that was designed to mimic sand movement from the natural northwards. The surf beach is suited for surfers who are experienced or advanced surfers.
Duranbah, affectionately known as D-bah by the locals, is a surf location that is protected by the Tweed River. It offers surfers good right-handers during a southeasterly swell. The Point Danger Headland offers protection on the northern side. The headland offers protection of the beach from the northeast winds and in perfect conditions; this is the spot to be.
This location provides quality waves for both beginners and advanced surfers. It can, however, be a bit tricky for surfers who are not used to the conditions. The Spit is a popular location during northerly winds or on those days when there is a small surf. The Spit also boasts a nice white wash wave that is ideal for beginner surfers.
Like most open beaches, Main Beach is a surf break that changes constantly with some good days and bad days. The area is common for scattered sand banks that spot the area and the location picks much more swell than the southern beaches. The best waves are accessible at Sheraton Mirage, Main Beach and Phillip Park and all the way north to The Spit.
Other popular surfing spots include Narrowneck Beach, Surfers Paradise, Budds Beach, Broadbeach and Mermaid Beach and Miami among others. When looking for a surfing location, it is a good idea to carry out research so that you can choose the perfect location for your needs and skill level.