Surfing in Australia

Posted on 07. Jun, 2012 by in Fitness , Review

I recently had a beginners lesson on how to surf in Bali and loved it! Although surfing is usually considered an adventure or extreme sport, you may be surprised to find out that surfing has numerous health benefits.

In research into the health benefits of surfing, it was found that you can typically burn an average of 500 calories per hour. It also has one of the best cross training methods that provides an intense upper body and core workout. Aside from physical benefits, surfing reduces stress that often gives results to a more laid back attitude about life which is actually beneficial to their psyche. The best part about surfing for it’s fun and highly addictive ! It is said that once you get the surfing bug, you can never go back. Just be sure to take out some travel insurance before you start your new hobby!

Check out these cool places to surf if you’re in Australia:

  • Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, QLD

Said to have some of the biggest and most consistent waves in Australia and the world, Snapper Rocks is considered as a world renowned surfing spot on the Gold Coast. Located at Rainbow Bay, it is home to the world-famous ‘Super Bank’, regarded in surfing circles as the longest and most hollow wave in the world. The swell here often reaches six to eight feet, and one good, clean wave can transport you from Snapper to Kirra, a distance of almost two kilometres. Snapper Rocks hosts elite international surfing events such as the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, Rip Curl Masters, and MP Classic. It is also a favourite surfing spot of local world champs Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore.

Surfing for fitness

  • Freshwater Beach, Sydney, NSW

Despite being only 350m long, Freshwater Beach is much loved by bodysurfers and youngsters on body-boards and continues to be one of Australia’s most popular surfing destinations. The beach receives waves averaging 1.6m. This makes for good surfing conditions especially for beginners.

  • Bells Beach, Torquay, Victoria

Lying three miles southwest of Torquay, Bells Beach has been the home of the country’s oldest and most prestigious professional surfing event, Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival since 1961. A haven for surf enthusiasts travelling the Great Ocean Road, you’ll find everything in this area is geared towards surfing – from the clothes shops to the board manufacturers and relaxed demeanour of the locals.

  • Margaret River, WA

Margaret River may be known as one of the most famous wine-producing regions in Australia, but to surfers, it is home to some of the gnarliest surf in the world. The best spot in Margaret River is Prevelly Park, where swells up to six metres get spun into perfect barrels across the treacherous offshore reef. Not the perfect spot for beginners or the faint of heart, board-riders here are required to wear helmets hen out surfing. If you’re travelling in March, check out the International Drug Aware Pro Margaret River Competition held at Surfers Point and watch some of the world’s best monster wave specialists do their thing.

2 Responses to “Surfing in Australia”

  1. Rachel

    07. Jun, 2012

    I’d love to try surfing! Although I can’t imagine I’ll look anything like the picture above! Where in Bali did you have your lesson? I’ll be going Bali next month :-)

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