If you’re not wanting to venture too far out of the city, Palm Beach is a great option. All you have to do is go to 21st avenue and then decide which side of the rocky jetty you want to surf. The winds and easterly swells conspire to produce perfect one to two foot swells about once a week, and the point breaks deliver good, uncrowded waves the rest of the time. Every couple of months, offshore cyclones create the mythical four foot waves that draw pods of surfers with boards and dreamy, determined expressions.
Experience: Learn to surf with Surf Easy.
The Superbank, Snapper Rocks, Queensland
The southern points at Snapper Rocks, Kirra, Rainbow Bay Beach and Duranbah, which combine to form the ‘Superbank’ on the Queensland / New South Wales border, are generally considered the best spots for surfing on the Gold Coast. The Superbank’s break is at the very top of “must do” surf experiences for serious surfers. And should you have the good fortune to get on a wave you will be rewarded with the ride of your life – fast and furious. Many surfers stay in and around the town of Surfers Paradise so that they can experience the breaks between the town and Snapper Rocks some 45-minute drive south. Snapper Rocks is home to the Quiksilver Pro Surfing Competition. The wave is a righthand point break that regularly barrells and on the big days produces heavy hollow barrells only suited for the experienced surfer. The QT Hotel can organise surf lessons.
Experience: a drink as the sun goes down at Rainbow Bay Surf Club.