Ten classic waves to surf in Australia

24 Dec 2007 15 Share

There are of course hundreds of classic waves in Australia and you’re probably going to score a few spots that are classic on their day too. This list just gives you a taste of what there is about. You’ll soon realize that hunting around will unearth the treasure of waves at your fingertips. There’s no Tasmanian or South Australian spots named here, not through lack of world class waves though. It’s an incentive to uncover what lies in these two mysterious states. There are great adventures to be had, all you have to do is leave.

The Superbank – Gold Coast, QLD

Superbank. (Joli)

Superbank. (Joli)

This is quite possible the longest wave in the world going around right now. No need to talk too much more as it is groaning in over exposure. It really is the formula 1 of waves at the moment. All glitz, glam and so much speed. It’s no secret though, with crowds of up to 400 rippers who can most likely out paddle you. So if you want to get a wave, make sure you’re fit, hungry, patient and can pull into the barrel of a lifetime.

Bells Beach/Winkipop – Great Ocean Rd, VIC

Bells. (Judith Scanlon)

Bells. (Judith Scanlon)

Another icon of Australian surfing. Both are mentioned here, as you’ll always be faced with a dilemma looking at crisp 6ft lines pouring in. Should you surf Bells, bowly, big and at times pretty heavy, or do you battle the crowds and gun surfers and take up the challenge of one of the best right points around? It’s going to be a tough choice, but neither will disappoint.

Desert Lefts – North Coast, WA

Desert Lefts. (Hilton)

Desert Lefts. (Hilton)

This is true outback desert surfing at its finest. There’s no easy ride up here, jagged coral, basic camping arrangements, heavy waves, crowds, sharks, flies, unrelenting sun, dusty wind getting into your cereal. But there’s no avoiding this whole region for world class waves. It is truly an epic adventure. Don’t come unprepared and expect any favours. Come with a good campfire spirit, fishing gear (boat of possible), a quiver and you’ll never forget it.

Pambula Rivermouth – South Coast, NSW

Pambula Rivermouth. (Stu Gibson)

Pambula Rivermouth. (Stu Gibson)

This place is the stuff of myth and legend. A fickle little bugger, it needs just about impossible conditions to fire, but oh lordy when she does, you’ll never look back. That is of course presuming that you can get a wave from the locals who will, I assure you, be all over this wave if there is even a glimmer of hope. You will want to be on your game to snare a wave when it’s pumping. Friendly locals but plenty of rippers, good luck.

Express Point – Phillip Island, VIC

Express Point. (Matt Robertson)

Express Point. (Matt Robertson)

A hollow beast of a wave that is steeped in history and revered by the Vicco locals that frequent it. A right hander that will spit you out of its jaws with a punch that Ali would have been proud of. Well photographed, well surfed and well, just go and check it out for yourself.

Narrabeen – Northern Beaches, NSW

Narrabeen. (Christie)

Narrabeen. (Christie)

Terry Fitzgerald, Nathan Hedge, Damien Hardman(great pie shop on the corner) have all scored ridiculously good left hand barrels here. The sand bottom belies a powerful wave that can just be simply flawless. Of course being smack bang in the middle of the most populous capital city, it tends to get a little busy at times! Fear not Narrabeen is a long stretch of beach and there are plenty of peaks to scramble onto. Patience and skill will see you slotted in the prime north though.

Lennox Head – North Coast, NSW

Lennox Head. (Christie)

Lennox Head. (Christie)

Once a sleepy little hollow, Lennox is going through the inevitable growth that all beautiful north coast towns eventually do. It doesn’t take away from the smoking right hand point that is the feature of this place. Getting out can be a bit tricky owing to the boulder strewn shoreline, but once amongst it, the wave will surely deliver a memorable experience, fast, long, hollow, it is truly one of the greats.

Noosa Heads – Sunshine Coast, QLD

Noosa. (Chris Rennie)

Noosa. (Chris Rennie)

The crowds here are just crazy when this place is firing, but you won’t care. You’ll try to find a park at the National Park, and won’t, you’ll walk along the path and just have to keep stopping to stare. You’ll have five points to choose from, the waves will be so long your legs will burn, you’ll have to dodge an overflowing population of Mal riders, but this place is paradise. Just a few waves here are enough to stoke the fire for life.

Margaret River – South Coast, WA

Margaret River. (Simmons)

Margaret River. (Simmons)

Boom! You may here the surf before you get out of your car, if you do, you’re screwed. The main break is just the start of the potential of this place, but it is where all the action happens. If it’s big you’ll see plenty of big name surfer’s out there. If you make it out, and pray that you don’t, you’re bottom turn will want to be as solid as an Occy Cutback, otherwise goodnight. A classic Ozzie wave that is a must in the list.

Rottnest Island – WA

Rotty. (Joli)

Rotty. (Joli)

The fact that this place is an Island with furry little animals running all over the place and only bicycles allowed gives it a magical feel. Great Pub too. But it’s the waves that are the attraction. Now you’re going to need to explore this place for yourself, but it won’t be hard, you’ll be on your bike at first light and you’ll sense which side will be offshore. You’ll be unsure whether the wave that you have just seen explode onto a barely covered reef is surfable (it is) and you’ll wonder whether you’re up to it (you are). You’ll need to spend some time here to score it or be prepared for the first ferry over if it’s pumping, you won’t be alone!

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