Surf’s Up in Australia

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Travel

By Phineas Upham

Australia is famous for kangaroos, crocodiles, and of course the famous Sydney Opera House. There is also the Great Barrier Reef –a truly spectacular sight to see. However, there’s something else in this beautiful country that has gained attention from all over the world – surfing!

Australia is renowned as one of the premier surfing destinations in the world. It has a coastline of around 37,000 km. The beaches, reefs, and point breaks rival that of any other country in the world. Here are some of my favorite surfing spots in “the land down under”:

1) North Coast-Angourie to Byron Bay: This spot gained popularly in the 1960s when surfing counter-culture took over. The point break at Angourie went unconquered until the young surfing legend Nat Young changed all that in recent years. Today, there is still a sort of unique culture at these beaches. Kombi vans, dreadlocks, drum circles, hippie crowds abound on this part of the coast.

2) Noosa-Point Break: The point break at Noosa is one of the most famous long-board breakers in the world. This place can get pretty over-crowded, but it’s mostly full of locals who know what they’re doing. When the swell is calmer, it’s a perfect surf spot for real beginners.

3) Margaret River: The Margaret River is known internationally as one of the best surfing spots on the planet. It’s located about 260 km south of Perth. The swells here vary greatly from mild to absolutely humongous. It can actually be quite a dangerous spot if you have no idea what you’re doing on a board. The “Surfers Point” at Prevelly can get so insane that surfers actually wear helmets! There are over 40 top surfing spots to choose from along the Margaret River coast. These waves should definitely be reserved for the more experienced boarders out there.

Some of the other great surfing spots in the country include Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Torquay in Victoria, and Crescent Head in New South Wales. You really can’t go wrong at any beach or coastline in “the land down under!”

Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website orTwitter page.


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