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Surfing Hotspots in Australia: The Gold Coast

The following is a guest post by Ryan Anderson

Australia is one of the best places in the world to hit the surf and catch some waves, and it’s known around the globe as being a premier surf destination. There are a few places where you have to catch a few breakers, but there’s no place quite like the Gold Coast. In addition to being the premier surfing spot in the country, the Gold Coast offers top accommodations.

Gold Coast Surfing

The Gold Coast has four epic point breaks and 70 km of gorgeous sun-soaked beaches. In addition to the fantastic waves it also boasts an exciting nightlife so that you can hit the beach by day and then dance until dawn. The Gold Coast is known internationally as a party destination that draws fun-loving and adventurous young people from all around the world.

If you are a surfing enthusiast or you have always dreamed of testing out the waves, the Gold Coast is the ideal place to start.

Ride an Epic Wave at Superbank

Along the Gold Coast you will find Superbank, which is a surf spot that will provide you with unforgettable surfing experiences. You will have the ride of your life as you surf tubes and solid walls within the warm and clear water.

This spot can be found near a small rocky outcrop on the northern side of Point Danger, all the way down on the southern end of Queensland’s Gold Cost. This amazing surfing wonder was actually created as a result of the actions of man. In 1995, a bypass system was constructed to pump sand from the mouth of the Tweed River onto the beaches to the north in order to make the river safer for shipping as well as prevent coastal erosion. This man-made environmental alteration has caused an enormous build-up of sand within the Snapper Rocks area. The sandbar surf breaks that formed is now known as “Superbank.”

However, although the wave is superb, the beach nearby has unfortunately become a crowded tourist zone that doesn’t have the tranquil vibe of some other Gold Coast beaches.

Other Great Surfing Beaches on the Gold Coast

Noosa Surf

Of course, Superbank is only one of the excellent surfing spots along the Gold Coast. There are several others to choose from with varying levels of difficulty. For example, there is The Spit, which is great place for moderate surfers to practice their skills.

The white wash waves are great for beginners to practice on, but it is advised that you seek local advice first. Then there is Narrowneck Beach, which is one of the most popular spots but can be trickier so is better left to the advanced surfers. Of course, there is also Surfers Paradise, which is famous all around the world for its excellent waves.

Is the Gold Coast Beginner Friendly?

Don’t be intimidated by the abundance of experienced surfers you will see on along the beaches of the Gold Coast. This part of Australia is also a great place for beginners. Surfing is one of those sports that can be very intimidating at first and that involves a lot of falling down and getting back up again. However, with a little bit of expert instruction and practice, practice, practice, it won’t be long before you’re up on the board, riding your first wave, and once you do, the thrill is exhilarating.

The 35 beaches along the coast are patrolled by professional lifeguarding staff and you can find a huge range of surf conditions to suit any level of experience, including even the mildest waves for beginners.

If you are just getting your feet wet with surfing for the first time, the Gold Coast is a great place to learn this great sport. You can take lessons at one of the many great surf schools where the attentive and skilled teachers will have you standing up on the board before you know it! Slip on your swimsuit, slap on some sunscreen and head down to the beach to play in the waves!

photos from Flickr’s Creative Commons by monkeyc.net and m.maddo

About the Author: Ryan Anderson is a freelance travel writer and surfing enthusiast. He likes to spend his weekends surfing on the Gold Coast.

 

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One Response to Surfing Hotspots in Australia: The Gold Coast

  1. Agness May 8, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    I always wanted to learn how to surf, seriously! Hope to do it one day. Great snapshots!

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