Learning to surf is pretty much a rite of passage on the Gold Coast, we’re blessed with (almost) year round warmth, the ocean right on our doorstep and of course, plenty of pumping, world-class surf breaks.
In honour of that, here are five fun spots to go surfing on the Gold Coast (from north to south).
Get out there frothers.
South Stradbroke Island
Some say South Straddie is the best beach break on the Gold Coast because it’s both a swell magnet and an A-frame (a wave that breaks both ways) and those are two of the best things a wave can be. It’s a bit of a trek to get there – you have to go by boat – but once you do, you’ll be rewarded with a peaceful little slice of paradise with beach stretching for kilometres and not a structure in sight. Lovely.
Where: Across the bar from The Spit (Southport)
The waves that break off the headland at Burleigh Heads make up one of the Coast’s most-loved surf spots and when it’s on, it’s usually packed with everyone from novices to the professionals and many a photographer perched up high snapping away. The more experienced surfers jump in from the rocks to the north of Burleigh but you can also paddle out from the beach and stay in closer if you’re just learning.
Where: Goodwin Tce, Burleigh Heads
Where the creek meets the sea at Currumbin is known as Currumbin Alley and not only is it one of the most beautiful spots on the Gold Coast, it is also the perfect little surf spot for beginners and long boarders (mostly). The waves are quite mellow (surf term) and there are often lots of little people in the shallows giving it a go. If you’re keen to try surfing but haven’t yet worked up the courage, Currumbin Alley is one of the best places to start.
Where: The northern end of Currumbin Beach
Rainbow Bay / Snapper Rocks
One of the prettiest spots on the Gold Coast, Rainbow Bay has a wave that wraps around almost to Greenmount so once you’re up you can simply (maybe not simply) cruise along for a while taking in the magical views. Snapper Rocks is on the northern side of the bay and it breaks off the point so it’s often bigger and packed with those who definitely know what they’re doing. Choose your own adventure of course, but be mindful of the more experienced surfers if you haven’t been doing it long.
Where: Rainbow Bay, Gold Coast
One of the most popular surf spots on the Gold Coast, D-bah as it’s known to locals is technically in Northern NSW but we will still be claiming it thank you very much. You’ll find both left and right hand waves that are generally more suited to those who have a bit of surfing experience but if that’s you, head down there even if there isn’t much swell, you’ll usually find something fun to play around on. D-bah is also a good place to just hang out and watch those in the know in action, if you’re keen to get some tips.
Where: Coral St, North Tweed
Of course there are plenty of beach breaks up and down the Coast if you’re just looking for somewhere more relaxed to learn and/or practice. Remember to be aware of the surfers around you and learn a few of the rules about taking waves before you take to the sea.
Happy surfing dudes.
Words by Kirra Smith