When you live by the beach, it’s hard not to feel the call of the waves beckoning you and your surfboard to hitch a ride or few. From beginner to pro, it’s a sport that offers an escape for all skill levels. Both adrenalin pumping and relaxing all at once, surfing is the perfect way to start your mornings bright, early and invigorated; or clear your head at the end of a stressful day.
Considering the Sunshine Coast has some of the best surfing spots in Queensland, it would be rude not to take advantage, especially if you’re lucky enough to move into our latest Mater Prize Home No. 297 and call Bokarina home. With your new JS Monsta Box Surfboard under your arm (there are two included in our home lottery), here’s where to go to get your surfing fix close to home.
World famous for good reason, the surfing conditions at Noosa attract newbies and seasoned surfers alike. Take your pick from open beach breaks and sheltered point breaks, depending on the conditions and your confidence levels. If you’re happy surfing waves that stick below the two-metre mark, find yourself a spot off the shoreline at Sunshine Beach. Otherwise, chase the bigger swells inside the Noosa National Park, at spots like Granite Bay, Tea Tree Bay, and First Point (all of which break right). Bonus: The walk through the beautiful national park to get to these surfing locations are the perfect warm up and cool down!
Between breaks, sit up on your surfboard and just watch your fellow surfers do their thing. It’s like people watching from a good cafe here – the skill-set along with the various surfing styles and board types that congregate here make for excellent surf snooping!
If you want to avoid the crowds but still cash in on the great conditions, be prepared to walk a little further. Keep an eye on the conditions, too. The surfing near Noosa National Park is best when a southerly swell is coming through.
Leave the car behind because this beach is basically in the backyard of our Mater Prize Home. Off the tourist track but a well-known secret spot loved and frequented by locals, the beaches may be quiet but when the waves are on point, expect things to get busy out in the water. But don’t let that put you off – think of it as the perfect impromptu ‘street party’ where you get to meet all your new neighbours.
The exposed beach break offers lefts and rights and delivers fairly consistent surf at any stage of the tide. The waves here are biggest in winter, and mellow out to suit beginners during the warmer months.
If you’re longing to take your new JS Monsta Box surfboard out for a spin, but don’t *actually* know how to surf, Alexandra Headland – located between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore – is the place to go for a surfing lesson or two from a former international pro surfer. Robbie Sherwell and his team at XL Surfing Academy offer one-on-one sessions for all skill levels.
As for the surfing conditions, there are gentle waves off the beach for those still finding their balance, or for more experienced surfers, the Bluff at the tip of the point break is where you’ll find the locals hanging ten. The waves are generally clean at ‘Alex’ (as the locals call it) so you can enjoy longer rides when the wind conditions are light. Longboarders will love the slower and fuller waves that frequent here.
Coolum Beach has a bit of everything, giving you plenty of reason to keep coming back for more. Learn to surf right off the beach or in the sheltered corner near the headland; find the perfect beach break along the coastline to match your mood; or head to Stumers Creek for epic barrels when the conditions are right. Point Perry and Point Arkwright are popular spots for seasoned surfers.
Fun fact: World Surf League competitor Julian Wilson learnt to surf at Coolum Beach, so you know it must be good!
Looking to test your surfing skills and ramp things up? Point Cartwright offers a great right-hander challenge and consistently has rideable waves regardless of tides, swell or winds. When the conditions are just right, this is THE place to be for some of the best waves on the Sunshine Coast.
Ready to move closer to these epic surfing spots and make cruising the waves a part of your everyday life? Buy your tickets today to win our Sunshine Coast Mater Prize Home lottery. Plus, every home lottery ticket you purchase helps support the life-changing patient care and important medical research at Mater.
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