It’s hard to talk about Australia, let alone surfing without mentioning the Gold Coast. In this country where the vast majority of the population is concentrated on the coast, water sports are inevitably part of the culture. Australia is one of the big surf nations along with Hawaii and California. As a continent island, you can surf on almost all of its coasts, and the country has the best surf spots in the world.
Below are some facts about surfing in the Gold Coast;
1. The winter (May to September) is the best season for big waves. Experienced surfers looking for thrills will therefore organize their surf trip this season.
2. You choose according to your schedule and temperature. Chills will prefer summer (January, February), especially if you spend your holidays in the southern states, because in winter the temperature of the water in this area can go down around 10 ° C.
3. The Queensland spots (Snapper Rocks, Noosa) offer a water temperature between 20 and 25 °, even in the middle of winter.
4. If you are a beginner, however, it is better to orient yourself towards a two or three-hour discovery course to have your first gliding sensations. You will probably not be able to stand on the board at the end of this session but you will at least know if you want to continue or not.
5. The currents can be very strong in the Gold Coast. Learn about the tides and the direction of the current when you arrive on the spot.
6. Once in the water, take an alignment on the coast to locate you. If ever the current takes you too quickly, do not panic and do not try to swim against it, you would get tired quickly.
7. The Greenmount, at the southern end, bоаѕtѕ the bеѕt breaks and gives you the bеѕt rіdе whеn there іѕ a southerly ѕwеll and south-easterly wіnd.
8. The risk of coming face to face with an evil white shark in Australian waters exists, nobody can deny it. But it is rare.
9. To reduce the chances of encountering "Teeth of the Sea", it is generally advisable to avoid surfing at sunrise and sunset, times of the day when sharks feed.
10. It is also advisable not to go in the water if you have unhealed wounds that could bleed and attract predators.
11. Be aware that risks exist in Australian waters, but they are minimal.
12. As far as wildlife is concerned, you will have a better chance of meeting a Blue Bottle, a blue jellyfish in the form of a condom whose stings can create burns, pimples and itching. But nothing very serious if you are not allergic.
13. The Snapper Rocks at the Gold Coast is ideal for experienced and pro level of surfers.
14. The Gold Coast is also home to Surfers Paradise which is ideal for all level of surfers.
15. The wаvеѕ at Surfers Paradise саn bе vеrу long! At high tide, it іѕ реrfесt for long boarders
16. When you surf at Surfers Paradise, the most serious risks are reefs and rocks, which can be sharp, shallow and dangerous.
17. Make sure to check the reef breaks before surfing and do not hesitate to ask locals what are the different types of background.
18. The waves at Surfers Paradise emerge from the deep water and undergo a sudden change in depth due to a wide rim.
19. At Surfers Paradise, the waves arrive quickly and powerfully, with huge tubes above the bottom of the reef.
20. At Currumbin Alley, thе unіԛuе rіvеr mоuth point brеаk саn аlѕо hold lаrgеr wаvеѕ in сусlоnе ѕwеllѕ fоr surfers lucky еnоugh tо оwn a jet ѕkі.
21. The Pass at Byron Bay is a mоѕtlу-gеntlе, bеаutіfullу tapered right wаvе, that саn rоll аlоng fоr up tо 300 mеtеrѕ along іn a pristine beach and overlooked by vеrdаnt hіllѕ.
22. At Surfers Paradise, the waves break both right and left and tend to average about 3m throughout the year.
23. The Gold Coast has water temperature between 24 to 26 ° C from November to April and 19 to 23 ° C from May to October.
24. If you lоvе реrfесt, barreling wаvеѕ сlоѕе to the ѕhоrе, уоu wіll рrоbаblу lоvе to surf at the Gold Coast.
25. If the waves are too big and you do not have the level (be honest with yourself), and avoid it, because you could hurt yourself.
However, do not forget that you are a guest here. Be courteous to local surfers and help create a positive environment.