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Best spot to live in Australia for sup?

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Created by JosephBetts A week ago, 19 Jun 2017
JosephBetts
54 posts
19 Jun 2017 4:14PM
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where do you reckon and why?

LastSupper
15 posts
19 Jun 2017 4:23PM
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Not enough space left where i live !!! and you need 4 wetsuits!!! Why would you ask such question !!! So therefore no tellin !!!

JosephBetts
54 posts
19 Jun 2017 4:35PM
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Just curious. Wondering wha everyone's two bobs is on the topic

mybrosweeper
NSW, 987 posts
19 Jun 2017 6:38PM
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Mid North Coast of NSW. No crowd for the big percentage of the year. Multiple point breaks within a few hours.Work is the big thing, with not alot unless you have specific skills. Climate is awesome and the people are friendly as!! Happy as a clam living here!!

Smash1
NSW, 619 posts
19 Jun 2017 7:51PM
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Not tellin'

Antho
VIC, 439 posts
19 Jun 2017 10:00PM
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Hey JB,
What a great topic. Well as long as no one gives away any really secret spots anyway!
So many beautiful places to surf and sup in Australia! I've got a bit of a list here...Here we go
I grew up on the Northern beaches of Sydney... always surf somewherebetween Manly and Palmy!

I lived on the NSW Central Coast and went to University in Northern NSW and got to call Byron Bay my home for Four years...no surf there!!I moved to Queensland's Sunny Coast more than thirty years ago ...that's where my family and my heart is.

I now find myself in Vicco and am amazed at the variety of places to sup. Port Phillip and Corio Bay are unreal for downwinders and just cruising. Surf is everywhere... the West Coast is unreal (Bells is there for Pete'sake), and you have Mornington Penninsula and Phillip Island and heaps more places to surf. The water is cold but really clean and the crew are really friendly. I'm sure there are stacks more beautiful places to sup but this will do me just fine until wanderlust strikes again!
Cheers

Greenroom
WA, 7306 posts
19 Jun 2017 10:29PM
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Don't live in WA. Over crowded surf, heaps of sharks, expensive and so far behind the rest of the country.

stehar
NSW, 148 posts
20 Jun 2017 9:08AM
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Lived and surfed at Avoca - with Copacabana Forresters and "The Box, abt 4 times a year" This was between 1950 to 1989 -- then lived at Scotts Head/Grassy Head from 1989 to 2009 -- 2011 till the present at Arrawarra Headland - walk off back deck thru national park for 5 min and walk and swim before brekky.
All these spots were great in their time - now too crowded ( remember 4 people out at the box 6 ft and then 2 more come out and you go home -too crowded )
Also BIG Forresters was great, now it looks like a very hard get out - the odd close out from the lefts to banzai.
Scotts was great with great people but I ran out of work - lost the desire anyway - changed career and went on to Arrawarra

Any location with reasonable waves, good friends and enough money coming in to really enjoy life is THEPERFECT SPOT.

PS - have just finished a granny flat/air bnb - Sorting out the method and payment

ie: will pick up couples at Coffs airport and supply sup boards or you drive yourself and bring your own

Steve will put up some pics when I can

Smash1
NSW, 619 posts
20 Jun 2017 9:34AM
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Greenroom said..
Don't live in WA. Over crowded surf, heaps of sharks, expensive and so far behind the rest of the country.


and every day is Groundhog day

Tardy
1498 posts
20 Jun 2017 8:22AM
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Uluru. Never crowded .

too many good places to mention I reckon .
i reckon live in a van and do the lot .
i liked lakes entrance .vic. Kalbarri ,WA.

NOOSA .in the 80's.

GusD
NSW, 57 posts
20 Jun 2017 11:54AM
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stehar said..
... 2011 till the present at Arrawarra Headland - walk off back deck thru national park for 5 min and walk and swim before brekky.
All these spots were great in their time - now too crowded ( remember 4 people out at the box 6 ft and then 2 more come out and you go home -too crowded )
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I know what you mean about getting too crowded. My mate moved up to Woolgoolga 3 Summers ago. Went and visited him that first Summer and he took me to Arrawarra Headland, I thought it was fantastic and only a few people there. Called in again this last Summer, 20 people sitting out there

E T
QLD, 2147 posts
20 Jun 2017 2:19PM
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Not NOOSA that's for sure.

ET.

Pando71
NSW, 106 posts
20 Jun 2017 7:01PM
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Crap down here!! And no good over there as well!!But spot x is awesome!!!

JosephBetts
54 posts
20 Jun 2017 5:23PM
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Antho said..
Hey JB,
What a great topic. Well as long as no one gives away any really secret spots anyway!
So many beautiful places to surf and sup in Australia!



Yeah nah no secret spots to be revealed. Only what the area is like for suping and living.

Tardy
1498 posts
20 Jun 2017 5:27PM
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E T said..
Not NOOSA that's for sure.

ET.


You can say that again ...but you got a mention ...remember the 80 s .

i SUP alone again today with 4 surfers ...where ....xxx.

Leroy13
VIC, 1162 posts
21 Jun 2017 1:27AM
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Mid North coast NSW. South East NSW and Eastern Victoria. Visit and find out why..

micksmith
VIC, 1070 posts
Wednesday , 21 Jun 2017 5:43PM
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Anywhere on the coast is pretty special in this great land, except where crocodiles are, they're scary.

Youngbreezy
196 posts
Thursday , 22 Jun 2017 8:52AM
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I would like to nominate Perth metro area as the WORST place for sup surfing in the country ( ok I know there are places that have zero waves whatsoever but I'm not counting those)

waves are small and very crowded, basically non existent for half the year, windy, choppy and there are really only a couple breaks that hold enough shape to be suitable for sup surfing, the rest is just dumpy close out beach breaks.

When you do get an epic swell where Margaret river is 4 times overhead Hawaii style bombs Perth is overhead at best and you have a choice of dumping close outs where you can't get out or crappy little reef breaks that on the best days are so overrun with long boards, short boards and reckless noobs on 10 foot sups that it is actually quite dangerous to even go out!!

If if you take an hour drive north or south of the Perth metro beaches you can upgrade from terrible and crowded to mediocre and crowded!

For downwind or flatwater Perth has the goods but the surf situation here is really dismal

oh and let's not forget about the Sharks

Paddlesports Megastore
WA, 17 posts
Thursday , 22 Jun 2017 10:21AM
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Youngbreezy said..
I would like to nominate Perth metro area as the WORST place for sup surfing in the country ( ok I know there are places that have zero waves whatsoever but I'm not counting those)

waves are small and very crowded, basically non existent for half the year, windy, choppy and there are really only a couple breaks that hold enough shape to be suitable for sup surfing, the rest is just dumpy close out beach breaks.

When you do get an epic swell where Margaret river is 4 times overhead Hawaii style bombs Perth is overhead at best and you have a choice of dumping close outs where you can't get out or crappy little reef breaks that on the best days are so overrun with long boards, short boards and reckless noobs on 10 foot sups that it is actually quite dangerous to even go out!!

If if you take an hour drive north or south of the Perth metro beaches you can upgrade from terrible and crowded to mediocre and crowded!

For downwind or flatwater Perth has the goods but the surf situation here is really dismal

oh and let's not forget about the Sharks


In regards to SUP surf, the best thing about Perth is that it's only 3.5hrs and a couple hundred $ from Bali

Youngbreezy
196 posts
Thursday , 22 Jun 2017 3:23PM
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Yes definitely the best thing about surfing in Perth is going somewhere else and not surfing in Perth !!

kato
VIC, 2010 posts
Thursday , 22 Jun 2017 6:58PM
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Just a 10' swell for Saturday down here. Tide should be right by 12

Chris_M
1433 posts
Thursday , 22 Jun 2017 7:25PM
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East Island is pretty sick

But don't let anybody know - tonnes of waves, no people, heaps of sexy merinos to get inside

Heaven

JosephBetts
54 posts
Friday , 23 Jun 2017 7:26PM
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If you can look past solo surfs in pumping waves with seals and greats whites....South Oz has its benefits....Here is my master plan for living in South Australia;

Find a misus accommodating enough to let you complete the following steps;

Step 1: Pitch a $60 tent on the beach somewhere and live in it. You have your pick of beaches because there is at least 400kms of coastline with not a person on it.
Step 2: Day by day, you keep accumulating drift wood off the side of the road, or on the walk back from another epic day of fishing, and over a couple of years you build a makeshift shack, slowly though, you don't want to waste too much time slaving away.
Step 3: Work for about a month a year so you have enough for your home brewing kit. Any job will do. You fit it in with a Christmas trip to see the family, making the most of the summertime work around Christmas as everybody wants to hire you for something then.
Step 4: When the government offers you the land your tent is on for a really cheap price, say ten grand, say no, because you can just put your tent up somewhere else.
Step 5: When your mates complain about being a slave and wasting their lives working 11 months a year just tell them you would love to get a job but you cant read so no one will hire you.

shoodbegood
VIC, 516 posts
Friday , 23 Jun 2017 10:34PM
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^^^
F@rhen great plan mate! Love it

Let me know how you get on, I'll be busy working 11 months of the year

Pokalde
NSW, 17 posts
Saturday , 24 Jun 2017 5:48AM
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Where?... Living anywhere where you can get to any waterway within a reasonable walk or drive to you... That's the beauty of SUP I reckon... I call SUP the "Push Bike" of the waterways... For me I prefer not to drive and I'm lucky/unlucky to be able to carry my board 10min walk to an inner city bay in Sydney (with signs warning of sewerage overflow after heavy rain)

Why?... Because I can get on my board and feel the joy of Paddling, tweaking my technique, feeling the micro improvements over the years, trying this, trying that, riding the forever changing conditions, but just loving Paddling and being out on the water.

JosephBetts
54 posts
Saturday , 24 Jun 2017 10:30AM
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shoodbegood said..
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F@rhen great plan mate! Love it

Let me know how you get on, I'll be busy working 11 months of the year


I have failed the first and most difficult
part of the plan, the misus part. Once you **** that up its pretty
much check mate.

pumpjockey02
104 posts
Monday , 26 Jun 2017 6:40PM
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Yep, move in two doors down from tardy, its a walk across the road and into the national park, then onto the beach, if your inclined its a short walk over the hill and then into the lake. Oh and the lake just might happen to have a great club which sells beer for the post sub recovery.
As for the surfers they are somewhat absent these days since the shark attack down the road.
Actually that might be not where tardy lives but its a great spot on the mid north coast.
Just a reference Joseph, the mid north coast has been the same since i started going there in the early 90's. Around 2000, 2001 was the busiest and its actually getting less busy. Think its got something to do with the centrelink caper.
Just don't come up in peak holiday time and think its going to be uncrowded. Also if its going to be on, then the newcastle crew might make a bolt up north on the weekend or odd weekday.
As for WA, its so busy because of the coverage it got back in the early 2000, everyone knew it had uncrowded waves with epic spots, offshore half the year, cheap as chips and a huge shortage of men. It was like almost 2 to 1 ladies for blokes then.
Then the mining boom took off and all players went over there and now its quite busy.

JosephBetts
54 posts
Tuesday , 27 Jun 2017 5:15PM
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Yeah. Just need a job there. Maybe that's another post. Jobs for sup
in small towns



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